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The driving winds and pelting rain of Hurricane Florence's western edge began to batter the Carolinas Thursday evening, giving the region a taste of what's to come as the monster storm moves ashore Friday.

Friday's forecast from the National Weather Service calls for patchy drizzle with scattered showers with a low around 70 degrees and northeast wind around 9 miles per hour. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able". This implies that water, even more so than wind, is the most risky element of a major storm.

Florence should continue losing strength as it menders along the coast, weakening further as the storm travels across inland SC on Saturday, the weather service said.

Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.

"We could have rain in the area for the next five days or so from Florence", Morrow said.

The hurricane's surge could cover large swathes of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft (3.3m) of seawater.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said storm surge warnings have not changed despite the weakening intensity of the winds. The biggest problem will likely be mass power outages, he says.

As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph.

Abrams says he expects Hurricane Florence to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain in most places and that the Carolinas can expect extensive flooding.

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Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Millions of people are in the path of Hurricane Florence as the massive category 2 storm closes in on the Carolina coast on Thursday afternoon.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?" "I am frightened about what's coming".

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said.

"I rode out Hugo", Miller said of a 1989 hurricane that caused widespread damage. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said. Low-income residents and the elderly face disproportionate consequences from lack of food and water, loss of electricity, and other elements indirectly and directly attributable to a hurricane. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

The outer bands of the cyclone drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage it could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday.

Florence's winds have dropped from a peak of 140mph to 105mph, reducing the hurricane from a Category 4 to a Category 2.

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

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