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Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

SC released a full statement Monday night with Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolinas and Virginia. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect.

If the storm stalls, some areas could see feet of rain, especially if downpours focus over the higher terrain in western North Carolina and southwestern and central Virginia Authorities said such volume could cause flash floods, mudslides, and other risky conditions. The order will extend to all of Dare County beginning Tuesday morning.

"We want to make sure that we get the best data going to the National Hurricane Center. and to emergency managers and to the media so we can get people out of the way", Flaherty said. "We're liable to have a whole lot of flooding".

With "monumental" rainfall totals of up to 40 inches possible, "the rain from Florence may break all-time state records for rainfall from a hurricane or tropical storm", Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said.

Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket as residents prepare for Storm Florence's descent in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., September 10, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern US, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

At a hardware store in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, store manager John Johnson said the rush on batteries, flashlights, plastic tarps and sandbags began Friday.

SAFFO: Well, we just met with the governor. She believes her home, built in 2009, will be secure, but it's hard to foresee all potential hazards.

Also out for sandbags was Deborah LaRoche. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said. NCDOT said the ferries would be aiding in evacuation. And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically been at its highest. "This one is different".

"Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely risky hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening, predicting that the hurricane's top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a wost-case Category 5 scenario.

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

Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength as she moves across the Atlantic.

The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm. "All of those rivers in our area could potentially see significant flooding".

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

Wherever Florence hits, it will nearly certainly disrupt flights - not only at airports along the coast but also inland after the storm moves ashore. "We can't know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game".

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.

Storm surge could be as high as 6 to 12 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout on North Carolina's southeast coast.

A category 3 hurricane has winds of 96 to 112 miles per hour, the NHC said.

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