He cautioned residents to closely monitor Hurricane Florence.
The office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".
The National Hurricane Center issued a Storm Surge Watch and Hurricane Watch for the Carolina coasts ahead of potentially life-threatening conditions, the NHC reports. The National Weather Service reported Sunday that more than 20 people had to be pulled from the ocean off Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, The Wilmington Star reported.
States of emergency were declared by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation's capital; requested by Virginia's governor; and approved by US President Donald Trump for North and SC.
Almost 759,000 homes with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of approximately $170.2 billion are at potential risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Florence based on its Category 4 status, CoreLogic said in an analysis released late Monday. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane.
The US president said he had spoken with governors of the threatened states, adding that the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7".
"Don't play games with it".
This storm is likely to have a major impact on roadways, as well as air and rail travel starting as early as Thursday, and through the weekend. Tropical storm-force winds also have extended to up to 175 miles from the center. All of those states have declared a state of emergency.More news: At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence
Airline fares typically rise as flights sell out.
"This storm is strong and it's getting stronger", Cooper said. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.
"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks".
"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", Jeff Byard, Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator, said Tuesday.
The watch extends from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, all the way up to the North Carolina-Virginia border.
"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.
Hamrick confirmed on Monday that he has been in communication with SC athletic director Ray Tanner to discuss potential contingency plans as Hurricane Florence makes it way toward the Carolinas.
Weather models have Florence striking the Carolina coast as a category 3 hurricane.More news: SC prisoners evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, SCDC says
On Monday morning, the International Space Station also captured video of Florence with winds of 115 miles an hour. The hurricane is projected to reach inland areas including Stanly County.
"We've had our lessons".
Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm on the Outer Banks, defying evacuation orders.
Florence was about 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of noon ET Monday, or about 1,230 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina. They have shared a hurricane preparedness toolkit that you can find here.
"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years". ". We've never left for a storm before".
Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.
"More significant weakening is forecast on Saturday as Florence moves farther inland over central SC".More news: FEMA to test 'Presidential Alert' system next week
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