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Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Mandatory evacuation issued for Hatteras Island ahead of Hurricane Florence

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence's track takes dead aim at the Wilmington region, with landfall expected early Friday, according to an advisory posted by the National Hurricane Center Monday morning.

All inland residents should find out now if you live in a flood prone area. As soon as we rolled into September, climatology spoke up and said, "hold my board and watch this". As of 5 p.m., hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the storm's center, while tropical storm-force winds extend out 150 miles.

Helene - now just southeast of the Cabo Verde islands off the African coast - had winds of 85 miles per hour, and was expected to turn northwest and then north into the open Atlantic by midweek, the NHC said.

According to, the Category 2 hurricane was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves toward the East Coast of the U.S.

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.

At the moment, Florence, Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Helene are all swirling in different parts of the ocean at the peak of hurricane season.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators. "This is the craziest one". The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

This week, most major US airlines are waiving change fees for passengers whose plans change because they are flying to or from cities in the path of Hurricane Florence.

"I think this is very Harvey-esque", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. The potential for the storm to stall has residents packing sandbags and preparing for the major flooding that could follow.

Trump says the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared".

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. "There is no way to be completely safe", but going inland might not be much safer.

South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster has told people they need to leave the area by noon on Tuesday. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect.

With current forecasts showing that Hurricane Florence will make landfall in North Carolina this week, the state got some important news.

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