The storm has 115 mph winds and is located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 13 mph.
Large swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and portions of the East Coast and will continue this week, the hurricane center said.
Hurricane Florence, a risky Category 4 hurricane, continued it's slow slog toward the N.C. coast late Monday, with forecasters expecting the storm to strengthen even more before likely weakening before landfall.
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Cooper and state emergency management officials held a media briefing about the state's preparation for Hurricane Florence, which strengthened to a category 4 storm. "Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".
Here's another look at the projected path showed the center of the storm hitting near the North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro.
Should Florence make landfall as a Category 4, it would be the first Category 4 hurricane since Hazel in 1954 to hit North Carolina. In the Pacific from left to right you see Hurricane Olivia and Tropical Storm Paul.
Florence has become even stronger over the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Helene is now located about 375 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.
Still closer to Africa than North America, Helen is predicted to head north in the Atlantic and not make landfall, the center says.
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Oliva said various models have the storm's eye making landfall anywhere between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks.
Its maximum sustained winds were at 105 miles per hour.
Typically hurricanes this far out in the Atlantic have been deflected off the coast and spun out to sea.
AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said the ground in North and SC and Virginia is already saturated from recent rains.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he had asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration ahead of the storm. Effects from the hurricane will occur outside that cone, he said, predicting some effects will be felt more than 100 miles from the storm's center.
At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac.
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