In addition, the National Hurricane Center said that it will likely issue watches for "life-threatening storm surge" across three states. 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.
The Navy ordered all ships at the world's largest base to sea on Monday to avoid the battering of Hurricane Florence.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered residents in zones along the coast to begin evacuating no later than noon.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, including the entire coast of South Carolina. Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the USA coast in the later half of this week, possibly as early as Wednesday evening.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. advisory on Tuesday, September 11, Hurricane Florence is expected to re-strengthen later today.
"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.
"The federal government stands ready to assist", she said.
Meteorologists are forecasting that Florence will continue to pick up speed before making its landfall between SC and North Carolina on Thursday as a category 3 or higher hurricane. Florence was a Category 4 storm late afternoon Monday. This general motion will then continue for the next couple of days.
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For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods and mudslides across a region getting lots of rain recently.
Helene, a Category 2 storm, had sustained winds of 105 miles per hour in the mid-eastern Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update Tuesday.
N.H.C. said Isaac is a small hurricane.
"The centre of Hurricane Isaac was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West. Isaac was moving towards the west near 14 miles per hour".
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles. The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The hurricane is registering maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.
The office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".
Isaac is expected to reach landfall in the Caribbean later this week.
A surge in the waters off the New England coast is expected to begin as soon as tomorrow, and could lead to some especially high tides and unsafe rip currents, Simpson says, but that's about it. "Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday", the NHC said.