Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on Thursday but swells are already affecting the US East Coat.
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"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said. The center issued hurricane and storm surge watches for the East Coast from Edisto Beach, S.C., northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.
President Donald Trump tweeted the federal government stood prepared to assist the governors of the U.S. states affected. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect.
The storm is about 1,150 miles from the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. He cautioned residents to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. Residents and visitors in popular tourist spots such as Duck and Corolla faced a Tuesday deadline.
The US Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.
"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference. The order applies to all eight counties along the coast: Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Berkeley counties.
In addition, public schools in 26 counties will be closed starting Tuesday.
In Brunswick County, in the far southeast corner of the state, the county government ordered the mandatory evacuation of people in low-lying areas and the voluntary evacuation of other areas. The evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas, Northam said.
The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, the impacts of which will begin to be felt Tuesday night.
Preparations for Florence are intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.
By Monday morning, the hurricane center classified Florence as a "major" hurricane, Category 3, meaning it was packing sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. In September of 1998 there were 4 hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time.
National Hurricane Centre director Ken Graham warned that Florence is forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore. Rivers are high, and the storm will be moving slowly when it arrives, exacerbating the danger, Rossi told USA TODAY. "The main concern is for the safety of the fans and the safety of the people who work in the stadium and the safety of the players, so I know the university will do what's right". This could cause disastrous flooding in several areas.
At that point, forecasters seem to agree, it will lose power but turn into a massive tropical storm that will drop double-digit amounts of rain in certain areas of the state.
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South Carolina Emergency Management will open their emergency shelters on Tuesday based on need.
The powerful storm leaped to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday, just hours after it was deemed a Category 2.
Hawaii is bracing for Tropical Storm Olivia, which could reach the Pacific island by Wednesday, KHNL reported.
Florence "is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement. Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.
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Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge . Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area.
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Elsewhere, we have Helene as a Category 1 Hurricane west of the Cabo Verde Islands with 85 miles per hour sustained wind speeds. Olivia would be the second tropical system to directly impact the Hawaiian Islands this year.