Approximately 1.7 million people are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the three states that will be most affected, according to the latest numbers Tuesday afternoon from Byard. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 152cm of rain for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.
"The safety of our Boeing teammates and their families is our top priority, and our leaders across the enterprise are closely monitoring the storm and working in conjunction with state and local governmental authorities to stay ahead of emergency situations".
"It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane".
Since then, the coastal population has grown by thousands of people.
As of Tuesday morning, the storm is located 900 miles southeast of North Carolina's coast, and advancing at a relatively rapid speed of 16 miles per hour. "We are going to push heavy on the disaster survival assistance teams".
President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Other area zoos, like the Lynnwood Park Zoo near Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston are closed due to the storm and did not immediately respond to press requests. "However, if the storm does stall, it could drop 10-20" of rain, leading to flooding well inland.
Forecasters have predicted as much as 20inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, which could cause potentially fatal flooding.
A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.
At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.
The NHC warned on Tuesday that the storm may strengthen to Category 5, with wind speeds in excess of 157 miles per hour (253 km/h), as it moves over a band of warmer water off of North Carolina's coast.
Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks. A hurricane warning was posted for most of the Carolina coast north to the Virginia border. "There is no way to be completely safe". "I don't know where to go from here", she said.