Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11. Governors in North and SC have declared states of emergency, and President Donald Trump has authorized federal funding and resources to assist with preparation for the storm.
In a statement the centre said: "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".
"The seas are going to get extremely rough and so any boating should be discouraged until this thing moves inland and the seas drop off this coming weekend".
The water could rise 6 to 12 feet in the area of Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, says the National Hurricane Center.
The worst of the storm is expected to hit the United States in the early hours of Friday, with swells as high as 12ft forecast.
Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii.
Tropical storm force winds (39 mph+) and the first outer rain bands will arrive along the North Carolina coast Thursday morning. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas.
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The storm is expected to threaten the Carolinas and Virginia.
Hurricane Florence appears ready to churn through the Carolinas, bringing along massive winds, rainfall and flooding. On the current forecast track the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday.
"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.
"You're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".
Over the last 24 hours, Gov. Roy Cooper and Gov. Henry McMaster declared states of emergency for their respective states ahead of Florence.
Another day closer to landfall and unfortunately no significant changes in the forecast for Hurricane Florence. "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".
This is one considered by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) as having sustained wind speeds of more than 157mph. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.