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Sandra Phillips | 16 September, 2018, 02:59

Hurricane Florence has swollen to near category five status as it threatens the state of North Carolina on the United States' East Coast, captured in dramatic satellite videos released by USA government agencies.

"Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday".

Governors in North and SC declared states of emergency in advance of the storm, which already was creating risky conditions in waters off the coast.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday.

"This is a real hurricane we have coming", SC governor Henry McMaster said Monday.

Every big airline that flies to the region had enacted a flexible rebooking policy for flyers ticketed to airports likely to be in Florence's path.

In addition to Marshall's game with South Carolina, West Virginia is also scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. contest with N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. on Saturday. Charles Mullen, 81, a longtime resident of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, said he had ridden out many storms and that most locals were planning to stay unless Florence took aim at Hatteras.

Forecasters said early Monday afternoon that data indicated Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour and a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars (27.93 inches).

"You're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds", Graham said.

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The storm's path put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as it closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954. "That's my one and only dealing with a hurricane".

People shop at the Harris Teeter, filling up on water and supplies as Hurricane Florence becomes a threat to the coast Monday in Charleston, S.C.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs, and a pet bird.

Florence was about 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of noon ET Monday, or about 1,230 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"It just kind of hits you in the gut when you see this thing strengthening and know that the forecast is calling for it to come in as such a strong storm", he told CNN on Monday after his third flight.

With a mandatory evacuation order in place, St. Joseph's/Candler will be closing all practices in SC.

During his press conference Monday, McMaster appeared open to the possibility of modifying his evacuation plan.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1, but cooler water and higher wind shear - winds moving at different speeds and directions - early in the season are less than ideal for tropical systems to gain and maintain strength.

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