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Beach communities in North and SC emptied out on Wednesday as Hurricane Florence threatened to unleash pounding surf and potentially deadly flooding as the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on the southeastern states in decades.

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) and was on a trajectory that showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Decreasing modestly in strength but expanding in size, Category 3 Hurricane Florence is less than 48 hours away from making landfall on the Southeast American coast with catastrophic impacts, from damaging winds to flash flooding to widespread power outages.

Meteorologists forecast Hurricane Florence will slow down as it moves over land, meaning it could stall over North Carolina and dump rain for days over inland North Carolina, much of which is flat, Young said.

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"The better prepared anybody is, it can potentially reduce the impact of the claims if you can better harden your facilities against damage", said Robert O'Brien, a managing director in the national property-claims practice at Marsh, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. He urged people to leave immediately rather than face the wrath of the "once in a lifetime" storm. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

"We have not been asked to take evacuees yet and will evaluate our capability at the time of the request", Ralston said. Now waiting for the hurricane in Washington, which also declared a state of emergency.

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina. They are now flying into Isaac and also have a plane ready for storm recovery after Florence hits.

In Charleston, South Carolina, streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.

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Florence, the most ominous for U.S. residents, is expected to make landfall today.

He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations along the state's entire coastline.

According to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, current forecast puts Florence stalling upon reaching the Carolina coast before making a slight shift south and barreling down SC.

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"Historical rainfall amounts from #Florence are possible with UNPRECEDENTED flooding", according to the National Weather Service office in Newport and Morehead City, on North Carolina's coast. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm".

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