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It is feared Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hurricane Hazel packed 209km/h winds in 1954.
Stay with WTOC for the latest information on Lowcountry closings and weather as Hurricane Florence continues to draw closer.
Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. Residents and visitors in popular tourist spots such as Duck and Corolla faced a Tuesday deadline.
In North Carolina the Outer Banks and in SC as of noon Tuesday - mandatory evacuations in eight coastal counties.
State emergency management officials already are considering whether to recommend counties evacuate some homes along the Tar, Lumber and Neuse rivers. A total of 177 health-care facilities, including 19 hospitals, also are being evacuated. It is forecast to gain strength again as it moves toward the East Coast.
While evacuation orders are issued by states as a protective action in disaster events such as hurricanes and wildfires, they are sometimes ignored by people - whether it's because they didn't believe the warnings, didn't have the financial means or refused to abandon friends, family or pets.
McMaster said folks should prepare for a lot of flooding in the Pee Dee area. The storm could soon be on the brink of a Category 5. Trees can be snapped or uprooted.
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"Florence is. expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the hurricane center warned.
By noon EDT on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.
The monster storm was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 by the National Hurricane Centre yesterday but is predicted to approach the most-damaging Category 5 status.
NHC Director Ken Graham warned of "staggering" amounts of rainfall that may extend hundreds of miles inland and cause flash flooding across the mid-Atlantic region.
SAFFO: They are following the evacuation orders. The storm is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour.
We are in communication with the National Weather Service, state and local authorities, the Southeastern Conference, Marshall University and schools that other programs that we compete against this week regarding potential weather issues. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".
An evacuation order from Virginia governor Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will likely experience the brunt of the storm, with a possibility of up to 40 inches of rain, in addition to hurricane winds. "This storm is strong and its getting stronger". This is the eleventh year on record that the Atlantic has had three or more named storms simultaneously.