That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour. SC has been hit by three Category 4 storms: Hazel; Gracie, in 1959; and Hugo, in 1989.
PETERSBURG Two hurricanes are active in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea.
North Carolina residents similarly need to make their own preparations by stocking up on water, non-perishable foods and batteries, getting medications and important documents in order and clearing debris from their yards, Cooper said.
On the downside, several insurers seen vulnerable to potential claims losses slipped, led by a 1.8 percent drop in Allstate Corp and a 1.7 percent decline in Travelers Companies Inc.
In coastal Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents.
National Hurricane Center says swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast.
The US-based National Hurricane Centre said: Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.
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Interests from SC through coastal Virginia should continue to pay close attention to future forecasts.
As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). Most models say it should weaken but they have one that says it will grow into a major hurricane in the Caribbean, which will be something oil traders are watching very closely.
The New Jersey and DE coastlines will feel the effects from Florence by Tuesday afternoon regardless as swells increase and unsafe rip currents begin.
"Florence is rapidly strengthening this morning", the National Hurricane Center advisory said. With winds of 75 miles per hour, it's expected to strengthen a bit before weakening as it approaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday and Friday.
The Storms in the Atlantic are very unsafe.
The hurricane center projects that Helene will strengthen Monday but "weakening is forecast to commence Wednesday morning".
In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia is set to sweep through the Hawaiian islands Tuesday, where tropical storm watches have been posted.
"If the track were to shift more westward, that would put Charlotte at more risk for both wind and flooding", he said, possibly including heavy rain in the headwaters of the Catawba River, which flows toward Charlotte.