The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm. The early projections show a 20-30"+ rainfall forecast, winds over 110 miles per hour, and a major storm surge!" Florence is projected to make landfall on Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).
"A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night", the 5 p.m. update stated.
The center of the hurricane was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the Southeastern US coast on Thursday as a Category 3 storm or higher, according to the hurricane center.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a message to residents in the storm's path, urging them to heed the warnings of state and local officials.
"The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger", Cooper said. Landfall may be Thurs. Some 27 percent of the deaths have come from rain-driven flooding, sometimes hundreds of miles inland.
A hurricane watch has been issued for the US east coast from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds., with storm surge watches encompassing the same area.
Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said. "Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes", reads the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Of the two other storms, which remain far from land, Isaac poses the most immediate risk.
"NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 miles per hour late Monday morning", said The Weather Channel.
The governors of SC and Virginia also declared states of emergency in advance. "First, the ocean surge along our coast.Then the strong winds which may be higher than the other hurricanes that we have recently experienced.And of course, inland flooding from heavy rain.And we here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", he told a press conference.
"It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane. the forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain". In South Carolina today, about 750 National Guard members were expected on duty.
815AM Hurricane #Florence continues to strengthen this morning as cold cloud tops wrap around the center of circulation.
Florence went through significant strengthening and intensification Monday morning, starting the day as a Category 2 hurricane and strengthening to Category 4 by afternoon.
The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, issuing his state's emergency declaration.