Most hurricanes in the past moving into the Carolinas have moved north from Florida.
Hurricane Florence is plowing toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm with a 500-mile wing span, forcing dire warnings and mandatory evacuations - including the entire coastline of SC and parts of Virginia and North Carolina.
Florence is expected to strengthen further.
Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday
The governors of North and SC and Virginia have declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare, and the U.S. The hurricane center says "catastrophic" Category 4 storms generate sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour .
Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa.
The mayor of Richmond has declared a state of emergency as Virginia's capital city braces for significant rain from Hurricane Florence. Even before the evacuation order, Dare County emergency officials warned that rough seas and strong rip currents already were creating risky conditions. In September of 1998 there were 4 hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time.
Governor Kenneth Mapp has called a 10:00 a.m. press conference for Tuesday at Government House on St. Croix, to address the territory relative to Tropical Storm Isaac and the government's preparedness efforts. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".
A continued west-northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through late Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and then north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the entire east coast is warned to be on high alert in case the storm's path further shifts, and of course, the impacts will expand far beyond the storm's initial landfall. "If you end up not needing (hurricane supplies), great, but now is the time to start preparing". Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
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The NHC's 11 a.m. advisory says that additional strengthening is expected for Hurricane Isaac is expected over the next day or two. Odds are high that this storm avoids any future landfall. That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour. "I don't know where to go from here", she said.
Since the hurricane has already amassed wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, the coast could see life-threatening wind, rain, and storm surges.
Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.
"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.
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