The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons. Fran was the last one back in 1996, making landfall as a Category 3. In South Carolina, it applies to all 46 counties and the Catawba Indian Nation.
The storm was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces.
"This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", he said.
"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through landfall", forecasters said. And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats along with life-threatening freshwater flooding. People in coastal communities are taking all precautions.
(Also important note, a Category 5 Hurricane has never made landfall on North Carolina) Florence is unique however because it's nearly taking a beeline course to the coastline. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma past year were both Category 4 storms when they arrived in Texas and Florida, respectively.
If the center of the hurricane does come ashore in the Wilmington area, some of the strongest winds and rain could strike the sprawling Marine base since much of the worst weather will be in the northeast quadrant of the storm. "10.html">the school said in a statement posted online.
The ocean off North Carolina has already become unsafe with swells and rip ties in advance of Florence, says the National Weather Service.
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In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents were boarding up homes and securing possessions. Schools in affected areas will begin to close on Tuesday and lanes on some highways will be reversed to aid evacuations.
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By Saturday evening, Florence was located 810 miles southeast of Bermuda, and had winds of 70 mph.
A motion toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected through early Thursday, according to National Hurricane Center officials.
The NHC predicts it could become a major hurricane by Monday and remain that way through Thursday.
Helene will likely become a hurricane next week.
Florence is moving toward the west near 9 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today.
On the forecast track, Isaac should move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week.
The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. The storm's winds had increased to 140 miles per hour by Monday afternoon.