Hurricane Florence is weakened, but officials are still warning of a "disaster" and urge people not to endanger their lives by staying.
The hurricane, which was downgraded from Category 4 to Category 2, packs winds of 110 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Officials are still warning of a "catastrophe on the doorstep" even though the storm is weakening and 10 million people are in a state of emergency storm in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.
Florence is expected to land on Thursday at the border of Carolinas and is still facing major storm surges, torrential rains and catastrophic floods.
Follow the latest updates here:
2018-09-13T02: 20: 55.840Z
The storm's maximum sustained winds were measured at 115 mph (185 km / h), after peaking at 140 mph on Tuesday.
Florence was downgraded from a category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale of wind force.
But the NHC warned that Florence is still a deadly threat to a wide area of the US East Coast, from South Georgia in southern Virginia, which could trigger rain-related floods of rivers and low-lying areas.
2018-09-12T20: 56: 27.573Z
"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety before hurricane Florence," said Gov Nathan Deal. "Given the predicted southern lane of the post-landing storm, I encourage the Georgians to prepare for the impact of the domestic storm and subsequent storm surge in the coastal regions."
2018-09-12T17: 00: 17.420Z
The Ministry of Homeland Security has said that the money transfer will not harm the hurricane aid
The money was deducted from the unissued business accounts for training, office suppliers and main expenses and would therefore not have been spent on disaster relief.
However, FEMA's annual budget is approximately $ 15 billion, making the $ 10 million transfer a significant success.
Louisianan Congressman Steve Scalise said on Fox News: "If they were a dime, the short congress would be right there to fill any short fall there – there is no deficit."
2018-09-12T16: 17: 58.190Z
Impact of the storm "only hours away"
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, urges residents into evacuation zones to move to safety. The impact of Hurricane Florence was "just hours away".
Mr Cooper spoke to other representatives of the Civil Protection Service at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
The governor said there is still time to evacuate the coastal residents when their home is in danger and time for others to prepare for the storm.
Mr. Cooper says, "The disaster is coming up and it's coming in."
2018-09-12T13: 16: 07.856Z
"Stay at your own risk"
The mayor of a South Carolina town on the way of the mighty hurricane Florence warns citizens to get out or stay "at their own risk".
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told CNN on Wednesday that the nearly 135,000 residents should now be leaving his historic coastal city before the storm arrives later in the week.
Governor Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations in counties along the state's coast, including Charleston. All lanes of Interstate 26 are facing west, allowing more people to leave the coast and head inland towards the state capital of Columbia.
Tecklenburg said its flood-prone city is preparing for "heavy rain" by clearing out the city's drainage system and making boats and portable pumps ready. Many areas in the low-lying city are flooding rainstorms and causing road closures and detours.
2018-09-12T11: 49: 15.403Z
Trump: We are ready for Florence
Donald Trump says the US government is ready for Hurricane Florence and rejects criticism of the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, which killed thousands of people.
He tweeted, "We have added value to our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and have done an unremarkable, great job in Puerto Rico, though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)."
Mr. Trump calls the government response in Puerto Rico "successful," even though a federal report killed 2,975 people.
The mayor of San Juan blames Mr Trump for delaying the supply of supplies and money on the island.
2018-09-12T09: 39: 33.223Z
National Hurricane Center updated
The NHC has released an update to the Hurricane Florence. Here are the key points:
- A life-threatening storm surge is very likely in coastal areas
- Catastrophic flash floods and significant river flooding are likely
- Hurricane force winds could also spread inland
- Big waves lead to life-threatening surf waves