Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. These unforgiving winds will damage homes and buildings, down trees and knock out power.
Florence is forecast to move slowly over the Carolinas after making landfall Thursday night or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm". It is expected that the hurricane moves on or near the coastline during the night of Thursday through Friday. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for South Santee River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area. A slow motion over eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night. That means Florence's powerful winds will drive a more-destructive storm surge as it makes landfall.
"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained.
Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.
The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.
Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations.
The Carolinas and Virginia are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence later this week and one of the most life-threatening elements of the storm is the amount of rainfall predicted to hit the area, reports Vox.
Typically, hurricanes moving toward the US would curve northward, missing the mainland as they move around a high-pressure system of winds.
The strongest winds will occur where and when the storm makes landfall in a ring around the calm eye of the storm known as the eyewall.
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.
NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) said "microwave overpass indicated that the convection over the southern and southeastern portions of the storm is still disrupted, and that the eyewall was open to the southeast".
"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks".
Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets.
A power outage model run at the University of MI projects that 3.2 million customers will be without electricity because of the storm, mostly in the eastern half of North Carolina.
Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.
Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.