Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.
While much of the attention on Hurricane Florence has been centered around its potentially devastating effects on the coast, officials are warning area residents it could have significant impact in Stokes County.
A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong.
"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different", Cooper said at a news conference. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".
The largest airlines in the USA aren't the only carriers waiving change fees for Florence. Flooding well inland could wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.
Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began. The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. He said that the federal government was prepared to spend whatever was necessary and make every preparation possible for the storm. But getting out of harm's way could prove hard.More news: Hurricane Florence Begins Days Of Rain, Wind Across Carolinas
American and Southwest Airlines were among the carriers canceling flights to and from the hurricane zone starting Wednesday. It goes without saying that SC farmers don't need yet another major weather challenge this year after having so many weather disasters in the past.
"This morning I drove around for an hour looking for gas in Cary". "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.
People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes or get out of town.
More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.
He later added: "Just had calls with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the incoming storm". Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.
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At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Helene and Isaac.
Trump said the storm will be "tremendously big and tremendously wet - tremendous amount of water". The Navy, Air Force and Army were moving ships and aircraft out of harm's way. The very centre of Florence's bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base. "This is not going to be a storm that we recover from in days". It's going to destroy infrastructure.
Communities in Florence's path could lose electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.
Florence is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and may dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone. Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Island could see 5 to 8 feet of water, experts say.
She and her husband would decide Tuesday morning whether to evacuate their family of two kids and a dog, said LaRoche.
Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same. That 1996 storm caused some of the worst damage in North Carolina history.More news: European Union passes controversial copyright law that could mean the end of memes