The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm.
"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence". The NHC says hurricane-force winds can be expected 40 miles from the center of Florence, while tropical-storm force winds extend out 150 miles. As the forecast becomes clearer, Florence poses three challenges: coastal storm surge, strong winds and inland flooding that inundates rivers and low-lying ground. Even inland areas have the potential for Category 1 or 2 storms.
According to its current track, Florence is expected to make landfall along the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast Thursday.
Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).
At its present course and speed, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane watch area Thursday and Friday.
"This storm gets stronger and stronger" on its way to a head-on impact with a zone that ranges some 80 miles, Myers said. Watches are usually put in place 48 hours before landfall and warnings come after that.
According to the North Carolina Emergency Management agency on September 9, there is now an "increasing risk of life-threatening impacts: storm surge at coast, flooding inland ... The winds on this one are predicted to be more powerful than the ones from Hugo". Landfall may be Thurs.
It may bring catastrophic levels of rain and flooding to coastal and inland regions.
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"Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the US East Coast will continue this week". The hurricane is likely to bring unsafe surf and rip currents along the east coast.
Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Miller told The State newspaper in South Carolina: "Somebody is going to suffer devastating damage if this storm continues as it is now forecast".
Red flag warnings are keeping swimmers off beaches, as residents sandbag their homes in the communities of Myrtle Beach in SC, and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Florence crossed the 74 miles per hour threshold from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Sunday morning and by 11 p.m. that night had sustained a maximum of 90 miles per hour winds.
"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", governor Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Monday. "These tropical storms and hurricanes are very unsafe".
Agriculture is an important aspect of North Carolina's industry.
Winds of tropical storm strength could reach Puerto Rico on Friday morning.