"There's still some uncertainty with the final storm track but significant impacts are likely", meteorologist Erik Heden, with the National Weather Service office in Newport, said on Monday.
Storm Surge and hurricane watches are likely be issued for the Carolina coast - including Southeastern N.C. - on Tuesday.
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Hurricane Florence is now a Major Category 4 hurricane and is on track to make landfall on the east coast of the United States later this week.
The center says the storm is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour, and has maximum sustained winds of about 140 miles per hour.
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SC governor Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of the entire 187-mile coastline of the Palmetto State, effective at noon on Tuesday, in anticipation of powerful Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast of the United States. "Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes", reads the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
A tracker map from the center on Monday forecast the hurricane making landfall in the Carolinas Thursday morning, and expected the storm to continue through Saturday morning, when it will have weakened to a tropical depression.
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North Carolinians are urged to use the next couple of days to get ready for the storm, including reviewing emergency plans and gathering supplies.
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The vessels will get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said. "If slows after landfall may cause heavier rain & winds". More evacuation orders are likely to come.
The weather system could reach category five as its draws strength from the warm Atlantic waters, say forecasters.
A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kph) Sunday evening after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane earlier in the day.
"North Carolina faces three threats here".
Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered mandatory evacuations for all coastal SC counties starting at noon on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall.
Major flooding is predicted for a vast swath of land from Roanoke, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Accuweather's Alex Sosnowski noted that the storm will also affect the mid-Atlantic region.