Forecasters with The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang are now saying Florence is a Category 4 storm that could bring very risky winds, flash flooding and power outages.
Hurricane Isaac, with winds of 75 mph, is located roughly 1,300 miles east of the Windward Islands and is expected to continue moving westward, across the lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea, by Wednesday night or Thursday.
Isaac had recorded maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and is moving west at 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.
"It's too soon to know what impact this storm may have on the Triangle and on our campus, but we're taking all necessary precautions", wrote Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, in an email to students Monday afternoon.
The National Hurricane Center has high confidence that this system will strengthen rapidly Sunday and Monday, and approach the southeastern coast as a category 4 or 5 storm. This map shows forecast storm surge with a Category 3 storm hitting near Wilmington.
Cooper added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".
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"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage, there will be homes damaged, there will be debris on the roads - this will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", announced Jeffrey Byard, Response and Recovery administrator for FEMA. "Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard; extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically created to withstand such forces". He said the government is prepared for the storm.
Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.
The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia declared states of emergency over the weekend. If this happens, the result will be heavy rains that cause serious damage. Older metal builds and concrete buildings without reinforcements could collapse, the Weather Channel notes.
In South Carolina, the price gouging law is now in effect.
Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.