State braces for major hurricane

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The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence is scheduled for 11 p.m. The National Hurricane Center predicts a hurricane watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning for the "extremely unsafe major hurricane".

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported.

Gov. Rick Scott released a statement on Monday urging Floridians to be prepared for the unexpected and remain on alert about Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence, which was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Monday, is expected to make landfall somewhere near North Carolina and SC late Thursday or early Friday.

Florence is expected to strengthen further.

"It is still potent, unsafe storm".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic.

A rip current forms when high wind and breaking waves push water from the sea to the land. The cone of uncertainty this far out in the forecast period stretches over 400 miles since landfall is not expected until Thursday night.

The category 4 hurricane is now moving to the west at 13 miles per hour and is expected to begin a turn to the northwest by late Wednesday.

"It's nearly certain there will be some impact on Charlotte, but it depends on the track", meteorologist Jake Wimberley said from the weather service's office in Greer, S.C. The office forecasts for the western Carolinas including Charlotte.

The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

Most of the state of Hawaii was under either a tropical storm warning or watch on Monday morning, as Hurricane Olivia bears westward, with 85 miles per hour winds.

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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.

American and Southwest airlines are preparing for travel disruptions later this week as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, with travel advisories being issued Monday that allow passengers to switch their flights to avoid the storm's path.

North Carolina should brace for three dangers from Florence, Cooper said: coastal ocean surges, strong winds and flooding.

The weather system could reach category five as its draws strength from the warm Atlantic waters, say forecasters. "Everyone should start preparing now".

Handout via Getty Images Hurricane Florence is seen traveling west over the Atlantic Ocean on September 10, 2018.

Meteorologists are forecasting that Florence will continue to pick up speed before making its landfall between SC and North Carolina on Thursday as a category 3 or higher hurricane. "I'd say get ready".

After making landfall it looks like Florence will weaken but stall. "We just happen to be right in the middle".

"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday (Sept. 13)", said officials.

"This is going to be big", said Victoria Oliva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The NHC said: "There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds".

Some officials have already begun taking early precautions.

"We are preparing for the worst, and of course hoping for the best", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, adding that his declaration would allow state agencies to deploy assets quickly to the coast.