"Everybody in the area has been busy trying to get corn in and just about everyone is finished up that".
Florence's path remains uncertain. In 2016, the state gave the company until August 1, 2019, to dig up and close some coal-ash pits and nearly a decade more to deal with others. We had the hurricane in 2016 and now this.
"It's showing that now, but we know it has the potential to change again". It's very important we work together as a team. "And now it looks like we're going to get way more than we need".
Florence was about 405 miles south of Bermuda and its center was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, before approaching the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 8:00 am (1200 GMT) advisory. A Category 5 storm has the potential to cause catastrophic damage.
The current forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for more than 20 inches of rain where the storm makes landfall.
Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.
Even the hurricane's intensity can affect the direction it takes, as "the atmosphere has different winds at different heights, so the winds at the upper levels may be different than they are at the lower levels", Bell said.
"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane.
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland governors have declared states of emergency. "Evacuees should verify that the facilities to which they are evacuating also are waiving requirements before arriving at those facilities".
Florence is on track to slow down significantly after landfall.
Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he had issued a first-of-its-kind state evacuation to help prompt residents of the barrier islands, including the Outer Banks, to leave.
His campaign says it's canceling a Thursday event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he had been scheduled to stump for the Republican senate candidate, state attorney general Josh Hawley.
If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Isaac, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (mph) located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West and moving toward the west near 14 mph. Edisto Beach and all other areas ordered to evacuate are still ordered to do so.
Virginia is moving its football game against OH to Nashville, Tennessee due to Hurricane Florence's approach.
An evacuation order from Virginia governor Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.
This story will be updated as more information is available regarding the reopening of schools.
East Carolina's announcement also noted the Greenville campus' history with serious flooding issues from Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. "This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living in that zone".
In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again, on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday.