Wherever Florence makes landfall - its impact will be far-reaching

Wherever Florence makes landfall - its impact will be far-reaching

Here are five facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane.

Florence catapulted from a Category 2 to a Category 4 hurricane over the span of several hours.

President Trump said the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.

He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe.

Other counties along North Carolina's coast are also issuing evacuation warnings, while SC has ordered the evacuation of all coastal areas beginning at noon on Tuesday.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at midday on Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. Florence is projected to make landfall Thursday afternoon or evening near the Carolina border. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

Stewart added, "We're going to have a fairly stable, powerful hurricane with the potential for some additional slow strengthening over about the next 24 hours".

White House officials released a statement Monday saying Trump had declared emergency in SC and ordered Federal assistance for the state in connection with Hurricane Florence. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

North and SC residents all along the eastern Atlantic coast are evacuating ahead of an intensifying Hurricane Florence.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm", UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement.

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Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane Monday morning and it continues to build in size, strength and speed, says the National Hurricane Center.

Gov. Cooper said preparation is our best defense and if you haven't already, the time to prepare is now. "We certainly understand the need for safety, of course, we just felt that tomorrow, making the decision then, would've been more responsible and accurate".

Also out for sandbags was Deborah LaRoche.

The water could rise 6 to 12 feet in the area of Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, says the National Hurricane Center. "This one is different". Water purification, lane reversals, high-water rescue, health and welfare checks and sandbag efforts are all a part of the guard's abilities to support local and state authorities and to assist the state and its citizens during response and recovery efforts.

The US Navy was sending about 30 ships stationed at its major bases in Virginia out to sea.

United States Coast Guard officials also ordered commercial vessels and pleasure craft to take precautions. Because of the amount of rain expected, "historic" flooding could occur from Thursday through Sunday. The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

"This is a huge storm", said Robert Woodward, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

Many people in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic probably have not experienced a storm of the potential magnitude of Florence.

In the case of these recent flights, the hurricane hunters helped confirm that "Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major storm through Thursday night", according to the National Hurricane Center. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northward, no threat to land.

Antilles, triggering a hurricane watch for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica.

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