As Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolina coast with its slow-moving approach, meteorologist Chris Gloninger is in North Carolina to cover the potentially catastrophic storm.
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Gloninger delivered his first live report at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will continue providing updates as the storm nears the U.S.
The National Hurricane Center's projected track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, about a day later than previously expected. The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland.
Just before sunset, the last remaining residents evacuated Wrightsville Beach as the hurricane flags waved in a warm summer breeze. Twenty minutes away in Wilmington, it was a mad dash for some to finish final preparations.
At 11 p.m., Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. Officials continued to warn that the storm was dangerous.
Waves 83 feet high were measured near the eye of Florence, according to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center. But that was out in the open ocean, where deeper water means bigger waves.
As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and South Carolina and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland.