Florence is a Category 2 storm in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (169 kph).
The outages were announced just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday as Hurricane Florence closed in on the coast.
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.
Don't pay too much attention to the storm's "category" - the fact that Florence is now a Category 1, for example. Much of the Carolinas coast has been under a daylong tornado watch.
Steve Shumake, disaster action team coordinator for the Central SC region of the Red Cross, said evacuees should bring their own pillows and blankets, 4 to 7 days of necessary medications, any medical equipment they need and children's activities and comfort items. While hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence on September 12, 2018.
Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland. "Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill".
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore.
Why isn't the downgraded storm less of a threat?
Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line.
Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said. "Today the threat becomes a reality", according to The Associated Press. The federal response was especially criticized following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which even a year later is still struggling to restore even basic services.
The hospital's president, Ronnie Sloan, said it is remaining open for "the same reason we got into health care".
A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia and the U.S. capital Washington.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.
"We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland", Hunt said. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.
Memorial University Medical Center received nine patients from other HCA facilities in SC and eight from Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, Memorial spokesman Dale Hooks wrote in an email.