After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria.
With their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.
According to Storyful, the video was shot at the Fish Heads Bar & Grill pier in Nags Head. It was located 85 miles from Wilmington at 8 p.m. Thursday and its eye was expected to make landfall Friday, the advisory said.
"Boarding windows now, which feels amusing since the storm is projected to head south of us", said Barley in an Instagram message.
Hurricane Florence could dump more rain on the state than Hugo because it's expected to stop over SC for several days, and could move across the SC coastline.
Update: As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence has dipped to a Category 2 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.
The National Hurricane Center says the eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".
The administration said that as Florence, a Category 2 storm, is expected to make landfall in the USA southeast coast on Friday, the massive storm will obstruct electricity transmission and distribution, while widespread evacuations and disruptions to normal business operations could impact demand patterns for transportation fuels.
Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line. While hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles. Rivers are expected to burst their banks.Some 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Gillikin says the North Carolina Coastal Reserve stands ready to respond with whatever resources they can to help any animal suffering after the storm.
It's moving at 15 miles per hour, but as it nears the Carolina coast, it will dramatically slow down. But said if you are in an area that normally floods during heavy rains, "You should go ahead and leave".
That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday.
Morgan is one of several people who arrived at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on a flight from Charlotte late Wednesday afternoon, trying to get out of the path of Hurricane Florence.
At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.