Not long after, a Hurricane Hunter flight measured sustained winds near 130 miles per hour, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue a rare special advisory, upgrading the storm to Category 4.
Florence is moving toward the west near 6 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue today. "We are mobilizing the state's resources to make sure we are prepared, and the people of SC must not hesitate to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane impacting our coast".
Isaac is forecast to become a hurricane by Sunday evening or Monday. Eastern Sunday, Sept. 9.
In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents.
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For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions. The storm could bring 2-4 inches of rain to those islands, risking flash floods.
Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season last week, but later weakened due to a zone of strong wind shear and cooler waters. The state Emergency Management Division said residents should begin preparing their homes and property for the storm.
The hurricane center said it was still too early to predict its exact path.
Grocery stores began selling out of water, milk and bread, and supply stores were struggling to stock batteries, plywood and generators as early as Sunday. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox told NPR, "This allows our farmers to gather their crops, and get these crops out ahead of the storm".
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Residents along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts should continue to prepare for a major hurricane landfall and have an evacuation plan.
Governors in both SC and Virginia declared a state of emergency Saturday to give their states time to prepare for the possible arrival of the storm.
North Carolina residents boarded up their homes and piled cars with valuables on Monday after officials warned coastal areas would be hit from Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to take aim at the US mainland this year. On North Carolina's Outer Banks, the town of Nags Head posted no-swimming flags on beaches.
By comparison, Hurricane Matthew was a weak Category 1 storm when it hit Columbus County in 2016.
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The biggest threats include flooding and damaging winds. The station, the largest naval complex in the world, said in a Facebook post that much of the base is prone to heavy flooding, especially the parking lots adjacent to the waterfront.