Hurricane Florence: Headed To North Carolina As Category 4 Storm

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Isaac strengthened into the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season on Sunday, the NHC said, and as of early Monday, it was about 1,230 miles east 1,305 miles (1,985 km) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland have done the same. Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and OH could also see strong winds.

"Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said.

The current track has the storm making landfall along the Carolinas sometime Thursday night as a major hurricane.

As of noon ET Monday, Florence was moving at 13 mph, some 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Florence is gaining speed in the Atlantic Ocean and expected to become a major hurricane soon.

It warned the storm would be "an extremely risky major hurricane" by the time it made landfall, forecast in the Carolinas on Thursday.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. "We've just been overwhelmed with requests by state agencies and everybody else", he said.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Monday for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks, with wider orders expected to follow later this week.

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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 United States mainland this year and the first of its magnitude in 29 years to strike the Carolinas.

"I'll see by Wednesday how that goes - we got over 48 hours before that happens", Cesal said.

Over the weekend, Governor McMaster has declared a state of emergency for SC and petitioned President Donald Trump for disaster relief aid.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.

"People that have typically not been exposed to them will now be exposed to them, because the storms are going to move deeper inland and affect more people", climate scientist Cindy Bruyere, who studies storms at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, previously told Business Insider.

Florence will cause life-threatening storm surge at the coast and flooding from rainfall inland, forecasters predict.

Now rated as a category 4 storm - the second most powerful on the national weather service's (NWS) classification system - Florence would be the first storm of that magnitude in recorded history to strike the eastern coastline so far north if it remains on its most likely track.

Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall.

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