The evacuation will begin, Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 a.m.
Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm as it closes in on North and SC, carrying wind and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern USA coast.
"We know the evacuation order I'm issuing will be inconvenient", McMaster said. The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast, possibly as a Category 4 storm, overnight Thursday into Friday.
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USA 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon Tuesday, but officials will wait to make an order at that time.
Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence was the most severe storm to threaten the USA mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989, when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". Cooper sent a letter Monday morning to President Donald Trump with a request. And it looks like right (inaudible) bull's eye of the storm is due (inaudible).
Other hurricanes that have smashed into the Carolinas include Hugo in 1989, Fran in 1996 and Isabel in 2003, according to weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue.
"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", he said.
In the eastern Pacific Ocean, forecasters are keeping a close watch on Tropical Storm Paul and Hurricane Olivia.
"While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of these impacts, interest at the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence", said a NOAA statement.
Early on Tuesday, Florence was centred about 975 miles east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-north-west at almost 15mph.
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 kmh) and the storm will continue a slight increase in speed during the next couple of days. SC is one-waying several interstates including I-26 out of Charleston.
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Some meteorologists are already predicting that Florence "could be one of the worst storms in us history". The Center projects wind speed will continue to increase, potentially elevating Florence to a Category 5. As of Monday, there have been 10 named storms. Early on Monday Isaac, which the NHC called a small hurricane, was about 1,900km east of the Windward Islands - a region still recovering from 2017's powerful Hurricane Maria - with maximum sustained winds near 120km/h. However, these two are predicted to not cause as much damage as expected of Hurricane Florence.