"The forecast places North Carolina in the bulls-eye of Hurricane Florence".
North Carolina's governor urged people to learn what evacuation routes to take and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.
If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions. "More significant weakening is forecast on Saturday as Florence moves farther inland over central SC". People living well inland should prepare to lose power and anticipate flooding and other hazards, he warned.
Name SearchWatch Service' Eric Blake wrote.
Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954.
The "major" hurricane was about 845 kilometres south-southeast of Bermuda on Monday and moving toward land at approximately 20 km/h, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
"It's really hard to speculate this far out, since there's still significant uncertainty in the track", Sara Orsi, spokeswoman for flight-tracking service FlightAware, said about how Florence might impact flights after landfall. With those two bodies of water surrounding where so many people live, how vulnerable is Wilmington to flooding and storm surge? The state said it was seeing at least three times the normal traffic volume on I-26. "This is the craziest one". Hurricane-to-tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland, depending on the storm's track.
"We've got more on the way", he said.
"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.
After weakening earlier in the day, Hurricane Florence regained its punch as evening approached. "Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out. Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms". NCDOT said the ferries would be aiding in evacuation. It's now at a Category 4. And out here we're so fragile.
SAFFO: Well, we just met with the governor. It stretched 10 to 12 miles, he said.
Maps of the storm's trajectory showed it most likely to hit the North Carolina shore near the SC border, making it the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. mainland this year and the first of its magnitude in 29 years to strike the Carolinas.
Cooper has already requested from President Donald Trump a federal disaster declaration to ensure North Carolina receives financial aid as soon as possible.
The current track extends the possibility of landfall from SC to northern Virginia but the impacts will extend even farther.
"Red, no-swimming flags are flying, and everyone must stay out of the water", Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said.
"We know the evacuation order I'm issuing will be inconvenient", McMaster said.
"Start now, and prepare your families and your homes", he said Monday".
"The University will remain closed until further notice, and beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, all campus events and athletic events scheduled for the week are canceled", the statement said.
The evacuation order becomes mandatory at noon Tuesday, but cameras show traffic already backing up along the main interstate connecting Charleston and Columbia.
President Donald Trump tweeted the federal government stood prepared to assist the governors of the USA states affected.
The US Navy added that it was sending almost 30 ships from Virginia to sea in order to avoid damage.
Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line was re-routing its cruise ships, but there were other hurricanes to contend with.