"It's impossible to get to New Bern by air now," he said. "It's the family. That's the biggest concern. Be there with them, for them, whatever."
On Thursday afternoon, we spoke to Norman by phone.
"Standing in front of the garage door watching all of the trees lean to my right," he said. "The wind just keeps going."
A little farther inland in Mt. Olive, Steve Curtis says he's lived through several hurricanes at his home and has been preparing for the last two weeks for Florence.
"I've done everything that I can," he said. "I'm only in the wait-and-see and hoping that these trees stay."
Curtis has family in Kenosha, who he's been updating hourly.
The Red Cross is already filling shelters in North Carolina. Four Wisconsin volunteers are working at a shelter in Edenton.
"It looks like it's gonna be on and off rain through midnight and then we should get continual rain and I think that's what we're concerned about," said Hillary Wanecke, a Red Cross volunteer from Delafield.