Once the storm makes landfall, McMaster said, it's expected to move slowly, dumping extreme amounts of rain likely to cause flooding. Shortly before 2 p.m., Alert Carolina released a statement noting that until further notice, classes and operations would run as scheduled at the University.
President Donald Trump on Monday urged "the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast" to "take all necessary precautions" as the storm approaches. Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman, Col. Robert Manning said, "Northern Command is spending an advanced team to the emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina Monday to conduct an assessment and coordinate with federal and state partners".
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Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn't worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.
Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did past year over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.
The hurricane could remain powerful as it passes over the USA mainland, the NHC warned on Monday morning.
Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm. "Don't wait", said Greg Postel, a hurricane expert at the Weather Channel.
Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph early Monday, moving west at 14 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.
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WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.
"We haven't plywooded our house for several years but I am for this one", Pahl, who serves as a Hyde County commissioner said in a phone interview. The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".
The office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".
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