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The latest track of Florence as of Tuesday morning

If the forecast holds, Hurricane Florence will become the highest north on the East Coast that a Category 4 hurricane has ever made landfall.

If maps of Florence's trajectory are correct, it will become the most powerful storm to strike the Carolinas in almost three decades.

The vehicle park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

"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.

Storm surges up to 12 feet along the coast and up to 30 inches of rain into next week will also threaten parts of SC and North Carolina in the coming days. With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, hurricane-strength winds have been expanding to 40 miles (64 kilometres) from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds 150 miles from the centre.

"This increasingly severe, potentially unprecedented storm is hurdling to the epicenter of animal agriculture in North Carolina", said Will Hendrick, a staff attorney and manager for a water campaign in the state for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said.

"Inland flooding will be a major threat and something people far from the landfall location should be concerned about", CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

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At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches (150 centimetres) for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said. Having grown up in storm-prone Florida, she said she's careful not to underestimate any hurricane.

Hurricane Florence has potential to cause "massive damage" to the United States southern east coast and mid-Atlantic.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, people caught in a Category 4 storm can expect to see "catastrophic damage". Tropical storm force winds have sustained speeds of at least 39 miles per hour.

Sailors cast off mooring lines to the Command hospital ship USNS Comfort as the ship evacuates Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2018.

The storm is expected to stall over North Carolina, slowly making its way across the state and into southwestern Virginia over the weekend.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm", UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said.

- Hurricane conditions are expected late Thursday night into Saturday morning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to get out while roads are still open and uncrowded.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm on the Outer Banks, defying evacuation orders.

"The levels are in pretty good shape to handle the rain, but it all depends on how much rain we get", Ashby said. He said electric power could be out for weeks.

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