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About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the U.S., said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas.

"Today is the time to get your preparedness actions complete", he said.

TRACKING FLORENCE: Stay with The Weather Network online and on T.V. for our exclusive coverage of the storm.

Some forecasters have predicted it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit the region. But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence.

On its current track, Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest, the NHC said.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds.

Fishel said storm surges are expected to be between nine and 13 feet and could cause greater problems when they back up into nearby bodies of water, including the Tar and Neuse rivers.

In the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 event.

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Some areas could see storm surges as high as 12 feet, and as much as 30 inches of rain.

Although its peak winds diminished, forecasters said the storm's total energy grew as its inner core and outlying bands of wind expanded.

According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say.

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.

For many of those under evacuation orders, getting out of harm's way has proved difficult, as airlines canceled flights and motorists had a hard time finding gas.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely alone portions of the North and SC coastlines.

A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 150 cm for Hurricane "Harvey" in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane expert at the University of Miami.

About 1.7 million residents have been urged to flee from parts of North and SC.

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