The centre of Florence, a slow-moving Category 3 hurricane, is expected to draw close to the North Carolina coast on Friday afternoon - perhaps lingering just offshore - then drift southwest along the shoreline before turning inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Mountain Time, somewhere between Atlantic Beach, NC and Savannah, GA.
Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.
"But I'm staying", she said.
Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top. More to come on this part of the forecast. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, officials left almost 4,500 prisoners inside facilities during Hurricane Irma in 2017, even though multiple prison facilities in that county were demolished by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" State officials have said the inmates are safer in the prison than they would be in an evacuation.
Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.
Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.
In the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 event.
Tropical Storm "Isaac" was spotted east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane "Helene" was moving northward away from land.
In addition to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm.
"We have seen a dramatic shift in the track", Scasny said, adding that big changes to the storm's behavior could emerge within the next two days.
While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.
He said the federal government and first responders are ready to assist, but that 'bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size'. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.
Residents near coastal areas have been given evacuation warnings, although Raleigh is a bit inland so Weaver and her family are going to remain at home to wait out the storm.