The NHC said the vast storm had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, reaching up to 125 miles from its centre, as it tracked west-northwestward across the western Atlantic.
The center says Florence is expected to strengthen further as it moves over the southwester Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Considered extremely unsafe and powerful, forecasters warned that Florence could bring with it an increased risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane centre said.
"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 Sunday.
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Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should "pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore".
The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare, and the Navy said ships in Virginia's Hampton Roads area would leave port for their own safety.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready. Charleston city officials are offering sandbags for residents to fill. Carnival Pride was scheduled to leave Baltimore and head to Bermuda during a week-long cruise. Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands, tracked south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane. The ship will call on St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove before returning to Miami on September 16. Isaac and Helene are both located west of the African coast, trailing Florence's westward path.
A storm would normally weaken considerably if it stalled on the coast, by choking off its own energy supply as it churned over its own wake, Watson said.
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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, on the other hand, took to Twitter to announce that officials are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". It is now 1,305 miles east of the Windward Islands, which are in the West Indies, and moving westward at 14 mph. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based center said.
Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.
Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. But 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.
The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the hurricane's exact path, but a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina should prepare for a major hit.
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