Already, video has come out from along the Carolina coastline showing that the ocean has effectively moved onto the land, swamping homes in the affected area. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said Friday morning. An order that many families, like Scott's, have made a decision to ignore.
No storm-related deaths or serious injuries were reported in the hours immediately after Florence hit but authorities said more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.
The Maryland SPCA, meanwhile, plans to continue focusing on the needs of local pets during the storm.
After landfall, the storm is expected to linger over the area for a few days, which would result in rising river levels and lakes.
Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria past year in Puerto Rico.
More than 1.7 million people evacuated this week, leaving behind homes, schools and precious belongings.
He said during a reception for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients at the White House: 'We're getting tremendous accolades from politicians and the people but we are ready'. It's moving toward the coast at a speed of 12mph.
In a display of the early effects of the storm, one flood gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina, showed 10 feet (three meters) of flooding, the NHC said. Kottyan said they will decide whether to keep some employees on site as Florence's path becomes more clear.
An estimated 3 million people across the Carolinas could be without power before long, and the lights may be out for weeks in some areas, said the region's largest provider, Duke Energy. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometres).
In the video, the astronauts expressed awe at the size of the storm, while also pointing out Isaac, a former tropical storm now making its way through the Caribbean.
Horton pleaded for volunteers to take in their animals for the duration of the storm, a common, plaintive refrain at other shelters across the area.
Marson said they'd lost power and the winds were howling outside, but they had enough food and water to last them for days. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad.
I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.