Computer-model forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a Category 4 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs.
Residents scrambled to flee en masse as the menacing Category 4 storm packing winds of 220 kilometers per hour bore down on the East Coast of the United States.
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ROY COOPER: The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger.
Communities along a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change prepared to evacuate the storm, which forecasters expect to be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.
Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. 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.
S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Horry, tweeted Monday afternoon that McMaster had told legislators he would order evacuations for the coast beginning at noon Tuesday.
A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.
"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in its latest bulletin.
"We want to make sure that we get the best data going to the National Hurricane Center. and to emergency managers and to the media so we can get people out of the way", Flaherty said.
Manning adds hundreds of troops are ready to deploy at a moments notice, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up operations at Fort AP Hill, in Virginia.
The storm, which intensified dramatically from a Category 1 to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday, could roar ashore with winds of up to 150 miles per hour, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
A slow-moving or stalled storm would also prolong coastal flooding and high wind concerns and may cause significant beach erosion along part of the Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic coasts. Having grown up in storm-prone Florida, LaRoche said she's careful not to underestimate any hurricane.
Since 1851, only one hurricane has brought sustained Category-4 winds to North Carolina: Hurricane Hazel in 1954, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.
"Strong high pressure to the north is likely to enhance winds farther north along the coast than what would normally occur", Sosnowski said. It's now at a Category 4. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will continue to strengthen as it moves across the Atlantic, possibly building up to a Category 5 as early as Tuesday.
Tropical storm Gordon and hurricane Florence are two exceptions in an otherwise quiet Atlantic hurricane 2018 season.
Hugo killed 27 people in SC and caused more than $9 billion in damage, which was the costliest hurricane on record at the time.