Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and Masters said Florence would still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.
North Carolina's Emergency Management tweeted that more than 154,000 homes were already without electricity by late Thursday.
In Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 people on North Carolina's Atlantic coastline along the Cape Fear River that is home to historic mansions and even a decommissioned World War Two-era battleship, streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.
"While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence, Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 60 inches of rain locally centered around the United States' fourth largest city, Houston, which has a population of 2.3 million".
In its 0300 GMT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the maximum sustained winds of Florence were 150kph, dropping it to the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Myrtle Beach's courses accounted for half of the $2.7 billion in economic output that golf generated for the SC economy in 2015, according to a report from the state's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
"We still have a lot of people who are not taking this seriously".
Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including more than 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.
Now he anxious not about wind, but water, he said, "and the uncertainty of how much water we're going to get in the town, and what is that going to do for our capabilities, and recovery". Virginia, in fact, has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas of the state.
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He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.
Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
Hurricanes and typhoons not only bring severe coastal flooding via storm surge-they create bad inland flooding as well. The child's father was taken to a hospital. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
And in Wilmington, North Carolina, a steady rain began to fall as gusts of winds intensified, causing trees to sway and stoplights to flicker. "This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina".
Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbors awaited help.
As of 5 a.m., Florence was centered about 25 miles (35 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Some evacuees who've been displaced since Tuesday were increasingly growing impatient and anxious as reports about where the storm would hit, and how hard, have changed.
"I told him that we appreciate all the efforts at the federal level", Saffo said.
She said she expects to be without power for up to two weeks. The figure for SC was 170,000. Gov. Roy Cooper, D, said that about 12,000 people were now in 126 shelters by Thursday evening, with more expected to be added.