Republican lawmakers in North Carolina rejected a plan that could have mitigated the problems caused by Hurricane Florence, one scientist says.
The latest Friday path predictions showed Florence heading in the direction of Tennessee and Kentucky.
The latest Hurricane Florence spaghetti models show where the storm could go in the coming days.
Around 5 million people are in the path of the super typhoon's 180-mile-per-hour winds.
At least six airports in the region will remain closed throughout Friday due to Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning
Charlotte residents are gearing up for the storm's impact.
Games are being moved or canceled as Hurricane Florence's landfall nears.
Authorities have chosen not to move inmates in the storm's path. Those who remain face peril, including flooding and shortages of vital supplies.
"You have to get to higher ground," Todd Hamill, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, warned Carolina residents.
Several North Carolina residents reported they were asked to write Social Security numbers and other identifying marks on their body.
Huge rainfall totals are expected in North and South Carolina from Hurricane Florence.
The model showed the storm could veer north after making landfall in the Carolinas Thursday or Friday.
"It's important for people to know this is no ordinary storm and customers could be without power for a very long time—not days, but weeks."
So far, 576 flights in and out of the U.S. will be canceled as a result of Hurricane Florence.
Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but it still has the potential to become catastrophic. Here are the latest updates on Florence's path, timeline, the affected areas and more.
Flash flood warnings were already issued Wednesday.
Hundreds of flights have been canceled as airports in Charleston, Atlanta and Charlotte monitor Florence's impending approach.
Rainfall predictions are anywhere from 20 to 30 inches, which could be particularly disastrous for North Carolina, NWS Tropical Program Coordinator Joel Cline told Newsweek.