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"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin.

A "major" hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 110 miles per hour.

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 12:15:31 UTC on September 10, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence off the U.S. east coast in the Atantic Ocean.

"A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur late Wednesday night", the 5 p.m. update stated.

Hurricane Florence may become only the fourth Category 4 hurricane to make landfall along the US East Coast north of the state of Georgia, with the others being Hugo (1989), Gracie (1959), and Hazel (1954), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's historic database. "We are in a very deadly and important game of chess with Hurricane Florence".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic.

While the surf height at local beaches is estimated at just 3 feet Monday, the risk for life-threatening rip currents in the surf zone remains high.

It would be the first Category 3 or higher storm to hit the East Coast since Hurricane Jeanne struck Florida in 2004.

Despite facing heavy winds late last week, Hurricane Florence beat the odds.

Florence not only sits in an environment that favors further development but is located above water temperatures near 90 degrees. Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for the islands.

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Should the storm track more north and closer to the Virginia North Carolina border instead of the South and North Carolina border we could see the far outer rain bands reach southern New Jersey.

Some South Carolina schools and most offices have been closed in Charleston, the largest city in South Carolina, in advance of the storm, reports The Post and Courier. Which among other things, means people need to start preparing now.

"Satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 miles per hour (185 km/h) with higher gusts".

The storm was getting bigger and better organised and is expected to continue to strengthen for the next day or so, the NHC said.

Monday is the climatological peak date of hurricane season, the height of the eight-week period when the most powerful storms usually form, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.

The most recent update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Hurricane Florence is holding steady as a monster Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour sustained winds, as of 1:36 a.m. Tuesday. "We just happen to be right in the middle".

"This is going to be big", said Victoria Oliva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Stoney urged residents to prepare now by gathering supplies, including nonperishable food, water, flashlights, and batteries.

And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats, and raising the likelihood of life-threatening freshwater flooding.

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