NHC Forecast: Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening

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Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the NHC said.

As of 11 a.m., Florence had a maximum wind speed of 115 miles per hour, bringing it to major hurricane status. The official forecast provided by the National Hurricane Center indicates the storm could be just shy of a catastrophic category 5 hurricane by Tuesday afternoon with winds of 155 miles per hour.

CNN's forecasters warn that Florence could be the strongest and most devastating hurricane to hit North and SC in about three decades.

When South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, he also called anti-price-gouging laws into effect. Latest forecasts have Florence making landfall in the vicinity of Wilmington, North Carolina Thursday evening/night.

"When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the center", Mr Graham said, according to the Associated Press. Cooper said he had asked Trump to declare a federal state of emergency for North Carolina.

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According to USA Today, the National Hurricane Centre has said Florence is set to hit the US East Coast later this week, possibly as early as Wednesday.

The last Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas was Hugo, which barreled into Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989.

In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents were boarding up homes and securing possessions.

On Sunday, Florence reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane.

"We have seen projections, most recently this evening, upwards of 20 inches (rain) in some areas with generally eight to 10 and 12 to 15 inches across over half the Commonwealth", said Jeff Stern, State Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the "most significant hurricane event in decades" before warning of "catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages". While the storm is expected to batter spanning the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic region, it will likely have little to no impact on MA, forecasters say. They will augment a network of 231 streamgages in North Carolina and 112 streamgages in SC that provide critical information to the National Weather Service, FEMA and other USGS partners involved in issuing flood and evacuation warnings and in coordinating emergency responses to communities. Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

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