The experts managed to film the center of Florence as it makes its way toward the east coast, igniting evacuations all across the Carolinas, Virginia and DC.
Closing in with terrifying winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) and potentially catastrophic rain and storm surge, Florence is expected to blow ashore Saturday morning along the North Carolina-South Carolina line, the National Hurricane Center said. Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest.
"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says.
"I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm".
Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.
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"It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, as he warned people not to gamble their lives on riding out the storm.
More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.
At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.
Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.
Florence is forecast to dump up to one metre of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.
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After making landfall this Friday (Sept. 14), the massive storm will now "wobble" southward and then head west, making a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement released today (Sept. 12). Executives in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia declared emergencies earlier in the week.
At 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), the eye of the storm was 435 miles (700 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).
By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday yesterday as the town appeared to be emptying.
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Officials have called for the mandatory evacuation of more than 1.4 million coastal residents across the Carolinas and Virginia. He said Florence could rival the impact of Hurricane Hugo, which wreaked $7bn (£5.3bn) in damage and claimed 49 lives in 1989.