Hurricane Florence Tracker: Warnings Sent Out for North, South Carolina

Hurricane Florence Tracker: Warnings Sent Out for North, South Carolina

The Carolinas could begin to feel Hurricane Florence's fury as early as Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The watch covers the area from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, north to the North Carolina-Virginia border, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit on our coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "There will be flooding in inland areas as well".

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said.

A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely unsafe hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening that top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour threshold for a worst-case Category 5 scenario.

- The storm is moving west-northwest toward the Carolinas.

In the case of Florence, there was an upper-level trough that helped to fuel the monster hurricane's rapid intensification. Tropical storm force winds are rated at 39 to 73.

The South Carolina governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated by today and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

US President Donald Trump signed declarations of emergency on Tuesday for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response.

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The National Hurricane Center warned on Twitter that there may be a high risk of "storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland".

Projected rainfall from Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

Scientists have also warned that the waters of the Atlantic have been unusually warm, which could ramp up the storm's winds to make it close to Category 5 intensity.

Fox News' Todd Piro on preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence reaching the East Coast.

The first significant impact will be from the hurricane force winds. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

"We're going to have a fairly stable, powerful hurricane with the potential for some additional slow strengthening over about the next 24 hours". He has declared states of emergency for North and SC ahead of the storm, which frees up help from federal agencies.

In the reprieve of the storm's eye, NOAA hurricane scientist Heather Holbach captured Atlantic blue skies above Florence's towering vertical walls from the hurricane hunter aircraft.