Hurricane watches issued on East Coast ahead of Florence

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds according to the latest update from the U.S. National Hurricane Center

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference on Tuesday: "This storm is a monster".

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall inland and damaging hurricane-force winds", a 5 a.m. advisory said.

Two tropical storms are following behind it: Isaac and Helene. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet.

"It's not just the coast", Mr Graham said. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]". These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

But, despite the concern from meteorologists, US President Donald Trump was confident, saying the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared".

Satellites and astronauts will continue to monitor Hurricane Florence from the safe vantage point of space.

"Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal SC, including Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11", a spokesperson for Boeing said by email. This means the incoming winds of a hurricane like Florence, can pile water up with comparative ease.

To the north, most of Maryland is in the 4-10-inch range.

"The seas are going to get extremely rough and so any boating should be discouraged until this thing moves inland and the seas drop off this coming weekend".

Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina.

In the latest update from the NOAA at 5pm AST (10pm BST) a storm surge warning has been issued for portions of the coastal regions of North and SC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

The governor stressed Hurricane Florence is still "dangerous and unpredictable", with a force that could rival Hugo in size and strength.

"There's really no way it's going to move up here as a tropical system", he said.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

Those in Florence's path weren't wasting time on Monday.

All signs pointed to a stronger, slower, wider and wetter hurricane in the days ahead, forecasters said. The compact storm was located 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles Tuesday morning, with sustained winds of 70 mph.

Hurricane Florence is getting worse.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria past year in Puerto Rico.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Carriers including Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, American and Delta said passengers can switch flights to and from affected regions without penalty from September 13 through September 16.

"Prepare NOW to evacuate you and your family", Shepherd tweeted Monday. She said her house, built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, is on a ridge and built to withstand a hurricane. But even the most secure homes could be surrounded by water, or penetrated by wind-launched debris.

"The bottom line if you wait, it's too late", he said.

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