"We are in the bullseye", Cooper told a news conference Monday.
"While our state is not under any current weather advisories, in Florida, we know how quickly a major storm can shift its path and we cannot leave preparedness up to chance". Effects of the storm, however, will be realized earlier.
There have been long queues in supermarkets around communities near waterways and coastlines as residents clear shelves of water, batteries and plywood.
As the Category 4 storm was bearing down on the East Coast of the United States on Monday, headed squarely for the Carolinas, Trump received a 3 p.m. briefing at the White House from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
In North Carolina, coastal evacuations were also underway late Monday - with more scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Warnings about unsafe rip currents and surf kicked up by Florence have already been issued for all Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender beaches. "The winds on this one are predicted to be more powerful than the ones from Hugo".
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic. Damaging winds, floods, high surf and storm surge are still possible.
"It's not just the coast", Mr Graham said. "We expect it to move slowly across the ground when it gets here".
A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.
"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".
Two other hurricanes are now churning in the Atlantic Ocean.
A third Atlantic storm, Hurricane Helene, is not expected to impact any land in the coming days as it moves north over open water.
Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast.
Duke Energy is already projecting widespread power outages in the Carolinas that could take days to weeks to restore, spokeswoman Grace Rountree said.
The Cross Island Parkway on Hilton Head has been identified as an evacuation route, and the toll will be waived as of Tuesday at noon. "This is the craziest one". "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months", the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale notes.
"The storm is strong and getting stronger", Cooper said.
The costliest hurricane in USA history, Katrina was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall on the Gulf Coast in August 2005 - claiming an estimated 1,833 lives. Some forecasting models show it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".
On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated. "I plan to do most of my cooking on the grill". And out here we're so fragile. Long-time residents could be seen boarding up homes and securing possessions.
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People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned. Hurricane to tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland depending on the storm's exact track.
Investors of Tesla and customers who reserved the Model 3 started voicing their opinions and brought the heat to the CEO. During the three months that ended in June, Tesla produced 53,339 vehicles and delivered 40,740.
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What the New York Jets displayed on defense and special teams may have been even more encouraging for Darnold and his teammates. The group lacks a "true number one", but they showed tonight why they have the ability to be far better than many anticipate.
Florence is expected to dump up to 30 inches of rain over parts of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday. The storm's track is now heading toward the North Carolina city of Jacksonville, about 50 miles north of Wilmington.
Earlier this month, Hurricane Hector followed a similar path toward Hawaii but stayed south of the islands. Only four named storms - two hurricanes and two tropical storms - have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959.
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