Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

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USC Athletics sends its thoughts and prayers to those preparing for the storm and hope that you will be safe and careful during this time.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state's entire eastern coastline to leave their homes starting at noon on Tuesday.

In North Carolina, six more counties were placed under mandatory evacuation orders on Monday night, hours after the first order in Hatteras Island.

Cooper said, "Florence is a threat well beyond the coast, inland counties need to be ready as well".

As for a hit on the USA mainland, the most recent Cat 4 at landfall was Hurricane Harvey previous year, which hit Texas with winds of 130 miles per hour.

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

On its current track Florence is expected to slam the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest, and all three states have issued emergency declarations to speed preparations.

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If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area.

"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

"If the hurricane miraculously, overnight, decides to go somewhere else, we can take corrective action", he said, saying it was easier to "stand down" state resources than have them "stand up" at a moment's notice.

While the military has moved 30 Navy ships based in Norfolk, Virginia, including the aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush and USS Abraham Lincoln, nearly 1,000 National Guard troops have been activated in North and SC to help with any possible hurricane-related problems.

"Unfortunately, the models were right".

The National Hurricane Center is calling the storm "extremely unsafe", and predicts it could still strengthen to near Category 5 intensity on Tuesday. "Steady weakening is forecast to begin by late Tuesday", the NHC said.

But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

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Many people in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic probably have not experienced a storm of the potential magnitude of Florence.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

As Paul Flaherty flew over Hurricane Florence, he didn't like what he was seeing.

Hurricane and storm-surge watches could be issued as early as Tuesday morning, the NHC said.

Residents farther north in coastal and inland areas in the Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and NY should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east.

Many local residents remember the devastating flooding impacts from Hurricane Matthew.

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. "When weather forecasters tell us 'life threatening, ' we know it's serious".

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