Intensify Hurricane Florence could attack the southeastern United States. UU

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence (bottom right) could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week

Florence strengthened rapidly and became a potentially catastrophic category 4 hurricane on Monday when it approached north and south Carolina, bringing winds and water that could wreak havoc on a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. .

At 11:00 am on Monday, Florence became a major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. It centered about 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and westward at 13 mph.

"Further strengthening is expected, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane until Thursday," the National Hurricane Center said.

"On the planned runway, the center of Florence will move over the southwest Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will approach the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina on Thursday."

The South Carolina emergency management agency said that it was already preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster & # 39; and North Carolina officials on Monday ordered mandatory evacuations for the barrier islands of the state's Outer Banks.

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence (bottom right) could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence (bottom right) could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week

The governors of North Carolina, South and Virginia declared the states of emergency well ahead of the storm that was coming.

"Now is the time for your family to prepare and be aware of more updates," said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

& # 39; Plan the worst, pray for the best.

Imagine, suppose, suppose a big hurricane will strike right in the middle of South Carolina and it will head towards the coast & # 39;

The office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam described Florence as possibly the most significant hurricane event in the state in decades, and warned of "catastrophic floods in the interior, strong winds and possible power cuts."

He added: "The biggest threat to life from hurricanes is not strong winds, floods are the deadliest result of these storms."

One person drowned on Sunday and two others were injured in dangerous wave conditions off Daytona Beach in Florida, hit by Hurricane Florence.

Heavy rains in the Washington area over the weekend had already caused flooding in the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Potomac River.

Along the densely populated coast, residents have been told to prepare, and not just for a possible direct hit. Florence could slow down or stop on or near the coast, collecting massive amounts of seawater.

It's too early to know the exact route, but forecasters said Florence could reach the shores of the Carolinas on Thursday.

It's too early to know the exact route, but forecasters said Florence could reach the shores of the Carolinas on Thursday.

It's too early to know the exact route, but forecasters said Florence could reach the shores of the Carolinas on Thursday.

Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner carry generators while people stock up on supplies in Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday

Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner carry generators while people stock up on supplies in Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday

Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner carry generators while people stock up on supplies in Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday

Chris Rayner helps customers load their cars while they buy supplies at a Home Depot in Wilmington, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Chris Rayner helps customers load their cars while they buy supplies at a Home Depot in Wilmington, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Chris Rayner helps customers load their cars while they buy supplies at a Home Depot in Wilmington, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it was strengthened in a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it was strengthened in a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it was strengthened in a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

Some forecast models show that it could discharge one or two feet of rain in some places, causing devastating floods inland. Meteorologists also warned of a growing threat of life-threatening cyclone swells, along with damaging winds.

The ships of the Navy of the coast of Virginia were preparing to leave the way, a university of North Carolina already canceled the classes and the people began to stock themselves with plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

Red flags have already been flying on the beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water when the seas begin to rise. People rushed to prepare emergency kits, trace escape routes, fill sandbags and secure their homes.

On the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents. The mayor of Myrtle Beach, Brenda Bethune, urged people to insure their homes, but said it was too early to know if the evacuations would be ordered.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy selling bottled water, plywood and generators.

"They're literally filling carts full of water, shopping carts full of water," Ryan Deeck, manager of the grocery department of a Walmart, told The Sun News. "They are entering and buying water and dishes, and that is all they are buying."

The crews of North Carolina were preparing bulldozers and chainsaws.

From 5 a. M. On Monday, Florence was centered approximately 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving westward at 9 mph. Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 mph

From 5 a. M. On Monday, Florence was centered approximately 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving westward at 9 mph. Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 mph

From 5 a. M. On Monday, Florence was centered approximately 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving westward at 9 mph. Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 mph

One person drowned on Sunday and two others were injured in dangerous wave conditions off Daytona Beach in Florida, hit by Hurricane Florence.

One person drowned on Sunday and two others were injured in dangerous wave conditions off Daytona Beach in Florida, hit by Hurricane Florence.

One person drowned on Sunday and two others were injured in dangerous wave conditions off Daytona Beach in Florida, hit by Hurricane Florence.

The governors of North Carolina, South and Virginia declared the states of emergency well ahead of the coming storm

The governors of North Carolina, South and Virginia declared the states of emergency well ahead of the coming storm

The governors of North Carolina, South and Virginia declared the states of emergency well ahead of the coming storm

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, some 20 miles inland, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper that he would not worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.

"I'll see on Wednesday how that goes, we arrived more than 48 hours before that happens," Cesal said.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, near the coast, canceled its next weekend of alumni and all classes starting at noon on Monday, encouraging its students to leave the campus to look for a safer place.

In southeastern Virginia, the Norfolk Naval Station ordered not to leave their vehicles on the extensive base later this week due to the threat of flooding. The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of ​​Virginia to the sea.

Heavy rains in the Washington area over the weekend had already caused flooding in the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia.

Heavy rains in the Washington area over the weekend had already caused flooding in the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia.

Heavy rains in the Washington area over the weekend had already caused flooding in the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia.

Many parts of the Washington, D.C area received up to three inches of rain before the arrival of Hurricane Florence

Many parts of the Washington, D.C area received up to three inches of rain before the arrival of Hurricane Florence

Many parts of the Washington, D.C area received up to three inches of rain before the arrival of Hurricane Florence

Carnival Cruise Line, based in Florida, rerouted its cruises.

From 5 a. M. On Monday, Florence was centered approximately 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving westward at 9 mph. Its maximum sustained winds are 105 mph. When extracting energy from hot water, it could have maximum sustained winds of 130 mph or more by Tuesday.

The center also said that Hurricane Isaac, much farther from the sea, has become the fifth named hurricane of the 2018 season in the Atlantic.

Aligning behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles east of the Windward Islands with maximum winds of 75 mph early Monday, moving west at 13 mph. It should accelerate in the next 36 hours, but it does not pose a threat to the earth at this time.

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