Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said. "Now's the time to prepare".
Despite the slight drop in maximum sustained winds to 70 miles per hour, Isaac is expected to be at or near hurricane strength as it passes near land later this week.
Meanwhile, several other hurricanes are traveling behind Florence, much further out in the Atlantic Ocean.
As of Tuesday morning, Florence was about 900 miles east of Cape Fear, NC., heading west.
More than one million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of the three states, closing university campuses, schools and factories.
The Atlantic reports, "Since records began, only 10 major hurricanes have made landfall around the Carolinas".
Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.
Gentry encouraged residents to be prepared for the storm by Wednesday evening and as it closes in, to stay at home.
"This storm has life-threatening storm surges expected, and rain may last for days instead of hours". "People are doing a pretty good job now".
Gov. Cooper said preparation is our best defense and if you haven't already, the time to prepare is now.
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"It's going to keep any of that rain from this system away from us until the beginning of next week", Hubbard said.
He said Congress would be generous with disaster relief funding. "Our team will turn its focus toward the game with FAU and we look forward to seeing all of Knight Nation back out at Spectrum Stadium next Friday". "I think that any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do", Trump said.
Now a Category 4 hurricane packing 140 mile-per-hour winds, Florence is due to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas late Friday or Saturday.
It remains an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night. That could bring prolonged heavy rainfall. It's expected to make landfall Thursday into Friday. After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas.
Although the focus on where Hurricane Florence makes landfall is drawing lots of attention, another looming threat could be the worst impact of this monster storm: disastrous, deadly flooding from days of relentless rain. The storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so.
DAT Solutions reported the Labor Day holiday and the need to position freight ahead of Hurricane Florence led to an increase in spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates during the week ended September 8. The map below shows the greatest impacts in North Carolina and along the eastern coastline, as far south as Charleston and as far north as New Jersey.
The storm is now 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
"It's what you expect if you have a shift toward more intense storms, is that you'll start seeing intensities you haven't seen before", said Gabriel Vecchi, an atmospheric scientist at Princeton who was one of the study's authors. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding". The hurricane center predicts a "heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles".
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.
The new computer model's resolution is "one of the highest yet achieved" for a global climate model that captures the entire Earth and both its atmosphere and oceans, said Emanuel in an email.