It said that this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.
Florence had maximum sustained winds of 128km/h, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm. It was centered about 1,230 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph.
U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration was harshly criticized as being slow to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, cancelled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.
As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean, a fourth is getting ready to roll over the Hawaiian Islands. The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a risky Category 4 storm.
"Storm Surge and Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday (Sept. 11) morning", said the NHC in the update.
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Florence was a Category 4 storm late afternoon Monday.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Isaac, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (mph) located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West and moving toward the west near 14 mph.
"Florence is rapidly strengthening this morning", the National Hurricane Center advisory said. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damaging winds.
Still closer to Africa than North America, Hurricane Helene is predicted to head northeast in the Atlantic, then veer toward Europe, the center said.
Hogan says the declaration of emergency is a planning measure to ensure all necessary resources are mobilized in areas of the state with greatest potential need.
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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, but no federal emergency has been declared in the nation's capital.
Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.
"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", McMaster said at a press conference. "Don't get complacent just because you live inland!"
A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees, Blake wrote.
Tropical Storm Isaac was near hurricane strength at 70 miles per hour at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are around 75mph; strengthening is expected over the next day or two but it's expected to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.
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- The tropics are very active this Monday, as three hurricanes are present in the Atlantic. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.