Hurricane Florence, now category 2, weakened slightly in the last few hours; it is already leaving heavy rain and strong winds on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, in the southeastern United States.
Florence maintains maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall as of Friday afternoon at some point probably off the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the NHC said in its 2:00 pm bulletin.
According to the associate administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Jeff Byard, "This is not going to be an oblique blow ... This is going to be a blow from Mike Tyson on the Carolina coast" from Thursday until the Weekend.
Hurricane Florence looms over the southeastern United States as authorities warn more than 1 million people in its way to evacuate or face its wrath.
More than 25 million people are within the path of Hurricane Florence, which extends from Virginia to Alabama starting Wednesday morning.
"This storm is ... like nothing you've seen before," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. "Even if you have seen hurricanes before, this is different, do not risk facing this monster."
Florence is one of the strongest hurricanes on the eastern seaboard in decades, and will bring a triple threat of dangerous storm waves, floods and hurricane winds in parts of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic States.