The Isle of Palms is giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence. "We know it's going to hit somewhere where it's going to have a dramatic impact on SC". It's possible that the storm will slow significantly as it moves inland, stalling out and dumping huge amounts of rain, Pallozzi says. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.
Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre.
Very warm water and low wind shear may allow additional strengthening through midweek.
That track shows the center of the storm continuing inland to Raleigh and Greensboro.
The hurricane is generating swells that are already affecting Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast.
"As I tweeted with Harvey last year.it is important to understand the potential one-two punch from Hurricane Florence", University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd said. Swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the current's grip.
Larger vessels, such as cruise or cargo ships, may have to reroute their courses to avoid Florence's risky seas.
The current projected path takes Florence toward the US coast, and has her making landfall in North Carolina in the afternoon on Thursday, September 13.
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Several meteorologists said Florence could approach what Hurricane Harvey did past year over Texas, dumping days of rain over a wide area.
If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.
South Carolina National Guard soldiers transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. September 10, 2018. That would be the same day that Wake Forest hosts Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, and two days before six power conference schools host nonconference games in the Carolinas and Virginia. "That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.
A category 3 hurricane has winds of 96 to 112 miles per hour, the NHC said.
"We expect Florence to transition from a small-sized hurricane to a large hurricane by the time it reaches the coast", Kottlowski said.
Hurricane Florence was still a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday morning but had weakened, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. "This storm is strong and its getting stronger".
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Unfortunately, the scenario that kept the worst of Florence's impacts out to sea is the least likely at this point.
Cooper said he asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration so that resources will be ready when the storm arrives. "If you do not have a hurricane planin place, do so immediately".