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High tides whipped in by Hurricane Hazel shatter boats and buildings in Swansboro N.C. as the storm lashes the Atlantic seaboard. The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like Floren

A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days. It is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm Tuesday before closing in on North or SC on Thursday.

The governor warned residents that Florence was gaining strength and that the winds would likely be higher than other recent hurricanes.

The center of Florence was located about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, the NHC in its 0300 GMT Monday advisory. This general motion is expected to continue for the next few days. Spots with the highest risk for rip current formation are breaks in sandbars and near structures like terminal groins, jetties and piers, but beachgoers should stay on alert everywhere.

"Today is the day to get prepared all along the East Coast!" the National Weather Service tweeted on Monday morning.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Isaac has officially weakened to a tropical storm, but with 70 miles per hour winds. In those coastal areas, heavy surf and elevated water levels are expected to arrive by Wednesday morning, and rainfall could begin by Thursday morning. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

By noon Monday, Florence was centered about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of "staggering" size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast.

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The victims were all rushed to local hospitals, where their conditions were described as "serious but not life threatening". A French police source said: "At this stage there is nothing to indicate that it could be a terrorist attack".

Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean. "Everyone should start preparing now". The storm's winds had increased to 140 miles per hour by Monday afternoon.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

Connie Binot, who owns the Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort, S.C., said she will lose a lot of business because of the evacuation order and has no idea when it will be lifted.

"We could cover several states easily with the cloud cover alone", Graham said.

Dominica, still recovering from the battering it took from Hurricane Maria last September, is preparing for the passage of Hurricane Isaac that meteorological officials say could pass near or over the island by Wednesday night.

All inland residents should find out now if you live in a flood prone area. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter it Thursday into Friday.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", warning of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

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