"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", Gov. Cooper said.
Forecasters said Florence was expected to become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.
As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington encouraged its students to leave campus for a safer location.
Forecasters said their hurricane hunter aircraft found Florence strengthening as it churned about 1,160 kilometres southeast of Bermuda.
Tropical Storm Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and swirled toward the US for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week.
Florence's maximum sustained winds jumped from 75 to 85 miles per hour as its speed increased from 7 to 8 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.
The latest forecast models have increased the likelihood that Florence will pose a serious direct threat to part of the Eastern Seaboard this week as a potentially major hurricane. As NPR's Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a US storm. McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected.
But authorities were taking no chances as the governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm.
It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".
McMaster, predicting a "likely strong hit on SC", stressed that residents should begin planning now to evacuate if necessary.
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According to the US National Hurricane Center, Florence is expected to strengthen further as it is ready to move over the southwestern Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"It's still important to remember the cone of uncertainty still covers the entire SC coast, as the governor mentioned, meaning that landfall along coastal SC is still a possibility", Quagliariello said.
At 6pm today, Florence was 720 miles southeast of the island, moving west at 7mph.
Cruise lines are redirecting their ships to avoid the path of the major hurricane.
The chances that Fayetteville and southeastern NC could be spared from hurricane-force winds and serious flooding appear to be diminishing, as the latest update Sunday morning projects the storm could hit the Carolinas by late in the week. The ship will call on St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove before returning to Miami on September 16.
All three governors urged residents to assemble emergency kits including food, water, medications, pet supplies and important documents that might be needed if evacuations are necessary. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". It is now 1,305 miles east of the Windward Islands, which are in the West Indies, and moving westward at 14 mph.
Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.
Here is a look at the earliest arrival time of tropical storm force winds. "It may be - this is just an estimate - a Category 4 hurricane, which has (wind speeds) between 130 and 156 miles per hour".
Helene is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour, packing maximum-sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".
As of Friday afternoon, Florence continued to slowly cross the Atlantic Ocean now moving more westerly compared to northwesterly. "We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms ", Cooper said.
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