More than a million people in the southeast United States faced mandatory evacuation orders.
The National Hurricane Center said Monday the monster storm will be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.
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Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an evacuation order for SC as the area prepares for Hurricane Florence's possible landfall.
Still mostly centered in the landing area were Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, where the SC governor told everyone to leave starting at noon on Tuesday.
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The exact path of Florence still has some uncertainty, but meteorologists appear increasingly confident the storm will make landfall along the coast of Carolinas or - possibly - Virginia. NCDOT said the ferries would be aiding in evacuation.
And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane-strength winds were expanding.
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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of most of the state's coast beginning at noon on Tuesday. The storm is forecast to strengthen even more.
More than 1 million people along the Carolina coast fled toward higher ground on Monday in a mass evacuation ordered three days before the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm and the most powerful to menace the region in almost three decades.
By Monday morning, the hurricane center classified Florence as a "major" hurricane, Category 3, meaning it was packing sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
Florence is now moving west at around 13 miles per hour.
Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre.
"Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two", the NHC said, but it noted that the storm will likely weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. "This could result in significant river flooding across portions of the state into next week".
Large swells will propagate outward hundreds of miles away from the center of the storm this week. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard.
Half her supply was going to barricade a basement soup kitchen she managed, she said, and the other half was going to protect her own home on nearby Johns Island.
The Transportation Department also has more than 3,000 employees ready to deploy, and more than 440 additional state law enforcement officers have been moved to the coast. "That's what we had a year ago", he said.