'Storm of a lifetime': How Florence unfolded

For days, residents had been told to heed the warnings. Hurricane Florence, at its peak a Category 4, would be the "storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast," the National Weather Service said. It would bring powerful wind, relentless rain and life-threatening storm surge to an area that wasn't used to hurricanes.

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Report: White House considered replacing FEMA administrator

The White House considered replacing Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who is the subject of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation, before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2

By 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, located about 280 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. It is predicted to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday.

Hurricane warning issued for parts of Carolina coast

With a Category 4 hurricane rapidly approaching and weather officials issuing a hurricane warning for more than 300 miles of coastline, more than 1 million people faced a choice Tuesday: stay home and take their chances with the storm, or compete with heavy traffic to drive inland.