Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".
SC authorities reported one death.
Hurricane Florence has now been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, with wind speeds at a destructive 110 miles per hour.
A storm surge warning is in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck in North Carolina, and a warning was in effect for Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. "And by that I mean the teams and families but also the allotment of resources used for the game that could be better used somewhere else", Hunt said in a statement.
United States television networks said 7pm to 7am curfews had been put in place in several towns surrounding Myrtle Beach.
The full force of Hurricane Florence is expected to hit on Friday.
On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday.
The NHC notes that amount of rainfall would "produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".
So far, a state of emergency has been declared in five states - South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC.
GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.
In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
Carolina Beach lies on a narrow strip of land in the southern part of North Carolina.
For some residents, evacuation plans were hampered by gasoline shortages.
Five percent of gas stations in North Carolina were out of gas (one in 10 gas stations in Wilmington and Raleigh-Durham), while 2.1 percent in SC and 1 percent in Virginia were out. If anything, we are more than likely going to have a power outage.
Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.
"With this storm, it's a (Category 1) but the storm surge and the flooding is going to be that of a category 4", CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray said Thursday night.
Up to 75 percent of the utility's customers could be without power, and it may take "weeks" to fully restore it, he said. "Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".
"We have prepared everything", he says, "to have enough food, water, batteries, radio, first-aid supplies, and everything we need to be safe". "We're ready and God will watch over us". "We've already got ice; the cooler's packed".
"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.
Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh.
A woman died from cardiac arrest in the town of Hampstead after emergency responders had their route to her blocked by downed trees, a county official said. "I've got four cats inside the house".
"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income".
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Forecast maps show Florence stalling out just off the coast of the Carolinas for at least 24 hours, starting Friday morning. But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.
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At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.