Hurricane Florence is carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour as a Category 4 storm.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 9, 2018, at 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 UTC) using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument.
Florence's center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, according to the center. "And not just Virginia, but our neighbors to the south".
The Gulf Stream is pushing warm water past Cape Hatteras, which could create a "nightmare scenario" that could lead to as much as $25 billion in damages, putting Florence in the top 10 of the most destructive storms, he said.
"This morning, I received a full briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Florence".
"Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland."
"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.
Authorities anxious about the storm's potential to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days. But the track still places the storm over central North Carolina Friday as a weak category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.
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"Interests in the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor Isaac during the next few days".
Florida governor Rick Scott, whose state experiences the most hurricane-force storms in the U.S., pledged resources, expertise and guidance to the three states in which emergencies have been declared.
In Virginia, home to the world's largest sea base, the United States navy has ordered all ships to sea in preparation for the storm, where they can more safely ride out the violent wind and waves.
"Plan for the worst, pray for the best".
The National Weather Service has placed parts of New Hanover County under a coastal flood advisory through midnight.
There have been six tropical storms in the Atlantic basin this year.
Mandatory evacuations have begun along North Carolina's coast.
"The last Atlantic hurricane to intensify as rapidly as far north as Florence's current location is Hurricane Humberto (2007)".