It is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm Tuesday before closing in on North or SC on Thursday.
The weather system is now a category four storm carrying sustained winds of about 215km/h.
The category 4 hurricane is now moving to the west at 13 miles per hour and is expected to begin a turn to the northwest by late Wednesday.
On North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, part of the Outer Banks, Tom Pahl, 66, said he was getting ready to board up his house. It's big and it's vicious.
Walker Townsend, at right, from the Isle of Palms, S.C., fills a sand bag while Dalton Trout, in center, holds the bag at the Isle of Palms municipal lot where the city was giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence at the Isle of Palms S.C., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. It strengthened rapidly last week before it was weakened by wind shear.
According to AccuWeather there is a potential scenario where Florence will stall or significantly reduce its speed which could prolong the effects of damaging winds, storm surge flooding and beach erosion.
SC also will receive federal assistance after President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for the Palmetto State.
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Two more storms named Helene and Isaac are following behind Florence, according to Fox , but are expected to be less threatening. The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the storm to get ready.
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Dare County Emergency Management announced that a mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island will begin for all residents and visitors beginning at noon Monday.
"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different".
The water could rise 6 to 12 feet in the area of Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, says the National Hurricane Center.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages", cautioning that the deadliest risk would come from flooding.
Rainfall could be up to 20in (50cm) in some areas.
But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.
The US Navy is sending 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea.
Residents wanting specific information about their area are encouraged to listen to their local National Weather Service forecast teams. "With Florence strengthening into a hurricane this morning and continuing to move west, Florida families need to remain alert and remember that storms like this can change course and strengthen at any moment", said Gov. Rick Scott.
Saturday's matchup between West Virginia and N.C. State has also been canceled, the Raleigh school announced.