Florence has for several days remained a unsafe Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour during its approach to the U.S. East Coast.
Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday (Sept. 13 or 14), likely as a Category 3 hurricane, meaning it will have winds blowing at a minimum of 111 miles per hour (178 km/h), Samson said.
Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the SC coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast. "With more than 300 miles of coastline in the path of the storm, it's important for [companies] like U-Haul to do what they can".
"When people face the decision to leave their homes or stay and fight the storm, having the option to safely store their belongings can make that decision easier", Mack said.
A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's.
While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperiled Georgia, too.
Highways clogged with people fleeing North and SC early Wednesday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled toward the eastern USA as the biggest storm there in decades.
Meanwhile, some of North Carolina's 2,100 industrial-size hog farmers are scrambling to drain waste pools containing manure before the hurricane hits, according to NPR.
Power in some areas is likely to be out for several days, and storm surge is expected to flood widespread areas, he said, including inland regions of the state.
Speaking at a news conference, the official said the hurricane was expected to spread out into the Central Appalachian mountains, the Tennessee Valley, and southeastern parts of the U.S. after Saturday. "It's a big one", he said. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.
President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid. All of those, however, made landfall south of where Florence is predicted to hit, and Florence's wind speeds are predicted to be higher than those four storms.
Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that it would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".
"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.