"Between the lines: Hurricane Florence could become the strongest hurricane on record to strike so far north if it makes landfall north of the border between SC and North Carolina as a Category 4 or 5 storm".
"People are preparing to leave their homes, creating an immediate need for secure locations where evacuees can bring the possessions they wish to protect", said Doug Weston, president of U-Haul Company of Western North Carolina.
"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"
President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and 1.7 million people have been warned to leave. At this time, residents in Zone A in Virginia Beach have been ordered to evacuate.
The hurricane is forecast to dump 1ft to 2ft 6in of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and farms. "Plus the battering waves will cause massive damage and destruction".
The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding". This could be exacerbated by a slowing or stalling of the storm as it reaches the coast.
Warmer ocean water makes hurricanes more intense because the storms are fed by evaporating water. Water temperatures are running in the middle 80s and very little wind to tear it apart.
As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts 160-170 miles per hour. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.
As Florence began to strengthen late last week and the Cape Fear region landed in her path, people began posting memes asking when and if Cantore would pop up in the region.
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He said Europe will "find a solution to avoid hard border in Ireland and defend all elements of the Good Friday Agreement". But he pointed that it was Brexit , and "not the EU" making the border an issue.
In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. "It literally just says, 'Okay, in this particular model, climate change is going to make XYZ more likely'". "I think I'd bring a social scientist in here to see what the net value of having a Category 6 designation would be", he said. "This is the craziest one". "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in". "The biggest thing is you're always anxious about yourself and friends and family - and whether they'll have a place to come back to", he said.
Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said.
Local rainfall records will definitely be threatened by Florence, Cantore said. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.
On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland.
"There's no water, there's no juices, there's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington.
"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" And out here we're so fragile. ABC reported that Boeing has stopped its operations in SC because of the threat.
Amanda Kinseth, reporter for WPDE ABC 15 News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
An evacuation order from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. All of those, however, made landfall south of where Florence is predicted to hit, and Florence's wind speeds are predicted to be higher than those four storms.