A Trough is expected to remain across the island until Sunday when Tropical Depression Isaac enters the central Caribbean. On the current projected track the centre of this system is forecast to pass between 100 and 150 miles (160 to 240 km) north of Barbados early on Thursday morning.
A power outage model run at the University of MI projects that 3.2 million customers will be without electricity because of the storm, mostly in the eastern half of North Carolina. After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria.
Regardless of its intensity at landfall, Florence is a unsafe hurricane that will cause life-threatening conditions for portions of the Southeast U.S. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding". North Carolina governor Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.
It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission. SpaceX put out the teaser via Twitter late Thursday, and Musk also tweeted out the news. "I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said. "SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".
Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated. Instead of following a hashtag, follow a variety of local news outlets and verified government agencies.
From Thursday night through Sunday morning, CNN reported that Florence would travel only 150 miles, or slower than the average walking pace of 2-3 mph. The hurricane has caused more than 555,000 power outages in North Carolina, with almost 65,000 reported in SC, according to website poweroutage.us.