Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still risky Category 3 hurricane.
Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR said the administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Southeast U.S. coast.
The monster storm showed signs of slowing down as it inched closer to the USA, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Kevin Miller, a 50-year-old electrician, said he planned to ride out the storm at his home near Charleston.
Should other states request storm-related assistance from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, GEMA would in turn ask its Athens counterpart if the county could lend a hand by sending supplies or personnel to storm-ravaged areas. In fact, Florence itself is larger than North Carolina itself.
"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".
Forecasters have adjusted Hurricane Florence's projected path, saying that after it makes landfall, it is likely to take a more southerly route than expected.
Storm 91W, Typhoon Mangkhut and Storm 27W appear to be heading towards South East Asia as they line up in the Western Pacific.
People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways early Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.
President Trump and his administration are buckling in for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane expected to slam into the Carolinas by Friday. Currently, tropical storm-force winds extend 175 miles from the storm's center, according to the NHC. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.
Each storm is clearly highlighted on the map and identified with a name, showing that Hurricane Florence is not the only storm threatening to ravage civilians.
Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized. The Triad has around a 50% chance of having sustained Tropical Storm force winds. (NDLS), BJ's WholesaleHoldings (BJ), Ruth's Hospitality Group(RUTH), Five Below (FIVE), and Chipotle Mexican Grill(CMG) have more than 8% exposure if the storm lands in the Virginia Beach area.
The following schools have either closings or delays on Thursday and Friday.
Rainfall totals from Hurricane Florence will top 20 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service says.
The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring risky rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina, with 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says. Just adding up the store bases in North and SC and Virginia is an oversimplification, he argues, while his research suggests that only low- to mid-single-digit percentages of most companies' stores will be affected.