Dave Clark, senior vice president of operations for the Seattle-based tech giant, tweeted Wednesday about how Amazon teams are already "forward deploying" relief supplies to fulfillment centers closer to what is expected to be the point of impact in the region. Now a Category 4 storm, it's possible that it could strengthen even more as it moves swiftly through the Atlantic Ocean.
Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.
Kathleen O'Neal, a resident of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina's Barrier Islands, said she, her husband and son would ride out the storm.
The nation's eyes are on Hurricane Florence, which overcame some big odds to target the East Coast this week. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". So as you can see, they're forecasting a major landfalling storm - Category 3 or 4 storm at landfall.
Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.
The latest rainfall potential map issued by the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center shows a portion of North Carolina receiving in excess of 20 inches of rain.
The Category 4 storm was expected to start hitting the North and SC coasts sometime Thursday or Friday, and should make landfall near Wilmington, N.C., early Saturday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
Inmates at MacDougall did not evacuate during Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 storm, and the prison "didn't have any structural damages", Lee said.
"Get to a safe place now or by Thursday morning", he said.
It's a different story in North Carolina.
In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said.
As of September 12, the Atlantic has three named storms (tropical storms with sustained winds of at least 39 mph), as well as two other weather patterns that could soon become well-organized storm systems.
Forecast models have said that several feet of heavy rain could cause flooding well inland from the coast. "It's going to be really, really bad along the coast", Trump said.
A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday.