Hurricane watch issued for parts of East Coast as Florence moves in

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Hurricane Florence will hit the southeastern U.S.as "a large and extremely unsafe hurricane", the National Hurricane Center says, after the storm quickly strengthened on Monday. The storm was moving at 13 mph, some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. A major hurricane is a storm with sustained winds greater than 110 miles-per-hour. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered mandatory evacuations for all coastal SC counties starting at noon on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency Saturday and temporarily suspended regulations for vehicles transporting supplies and utilities - like gas, electricity and medical supplies, among others.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told a press conference.

At its present course and speed, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane watch area Thursday and Friday.

Preparations for Florence come as the Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak. "Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out".

"Regardless of where the storm makes landfall, all residents in Stanly should prepare for this hurricane", said Brian T. Simpson, director of emergency services.

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Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

While the cone of uncertainty still covers most of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, prediction models of the storm indicate it's headed toward some area between Charleston, S.C. and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

"It's not likely to miss us", Heden said. SC ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast.

North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency on Sunday, one day after SC.

There's a lot of time for the storm to intensify, change path or die down, though.

Cooper has already requested from President Donald Trump a federal disaster declaration to ensure North Carolina receives financial aid as soon as possible.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has not announced any road blocks ahead of Hurricane Florence as of Monday afternoon. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 210 km/h winds in 1954.

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