"The centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the USA on Thursday", the NHC said.
In August, the National Hurricane Center reduced the number of tropical systems expected from 10-16 named storms to 9-14.
The governor of neighbouring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.
- Residents in the southern most parts of SC no longer need to evacuate due to Hurricane Florence.
For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.
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South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday, and predicted that a million people would flee.
Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm.
The athletics department is now monitoring the forecast for Hurricane Florence.
"It just kind of hits you in the gut when you see this thing strengthening and know that the forecast is calling for it to come in as such a strong storm", he told CNN on Monday after his third flight.
Fayetteville State University issued a voluntary evacuation directive for its residence halls at 8 a.m. Monday, according to a statement released by the university.
The vessels will get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, said Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.
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Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph early Monday, accelerating on a path to cross into the lower Caribbean Thursday as a weak hurricane.
Florence is expected to bring heavy rain along the coast of the Carolinas, but several towns located inland are expected to see a lot of rain. It was centred east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west.
The eastbound lane of Interstate 26 into Charleston and Route 501 into Myrtle Beach will be reversed beginning Tuesday when the order takes effect, McMaster said at a Monday news conference. And if it comes this way, we're going to be in for one - a big storm. "Hurricane 2nd category Helen was strong, but was expected to move North into the open ocean", write the meteorologists.
Long-duration hurricane-force winds of 74 miles per hour or higher could cause tremendous damage and widespread power outages.
Currently, 1,600 National Guard members are on duty and ready to deploy - a number Livingston said likely will grow to more than 3,000.
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