Gov. Northam issues mandatory evacuation for portion of Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore

"There is an increasing risk of coastal storm surge flooding and freshwater flooding from heavy prolonged rain when the hurricane approaches the USA", said a NOAA tweet.

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Florence was located about 410 miles south of Bermuda and 975 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, on Tuesday at 5 a.m.

Communities along a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change prepared to evacuate the storm, which forecasters expect to be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.

Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall early Friday in North Carolina, prompting evacuations from the Carolinas to Virginia.

In South Carolina, McMaster's evacuation orders affect about 1 million residents and tourists across eight low-lying counties.

"We are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina", McMaster said.

More than a million people in the southeast United States faced mandatory evacuation orders.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Florence twice Monday, saying the storm will continue to strengthen as it targets the Carolinas later this week. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and 19 people in North Carolina. "[That storm] tracked just west of D.C. and had major impacts on the area", Pallozzi says.

In Charleston, South Carolina, people filled sandbags and stocked up on food. "This is probably the only exercise I get this week".

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said. NCDOT said the ferries would be aiding in evacuation.

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Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.

"It doesn't matter what happened in (previous) storms", said LaRoche, a social services director. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

The current track extends the possibility of landfall from SC to northern Virginia but the impacts will extend even farther.

"Don't concentrate on the exact forecast track of Hurricane #Florence".

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

Governors in the Carolinas and Virginia already had declared emergencies, and some sought federal aid as well.

"We've got more on the way", he said. There may be potential to see flooding in unusual locations.

The first effects were already being seen on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

The storm may bring landslides, up to 20 inches of rain and flash flooding for the Hawaiian islands. "As we receive more information, we will keep everyone updated". Hurricane Florence has a multitude of predicted paths, some directly hitting Charleston SC and others hitting Raleigh, NC.

Hurricane Isaac - which late on Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

As for a hit on the USA mainland, the most recent Cat 4 at landfall was Hurricane Harvey previous year, which hit Texas with winds of 130 miles per hour.

  • Carolyn Briggs