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International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a statewide coastal evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam into the Carolinas as a Category 4 monster storm.

Feasting off the energy from unusually strong sea surface temperatures, Hurricane Florence is intensifying quickly and tracking inexorably toward landfall along the U.S. Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast on Thursday.

"Folks, if you are in the Carolinas or Virginia - this is a historic storm", declared Eric Holthaus, meteorologist and journalist who writes about extreme weather and climate change for Grist.

Where is the hurricane now?

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence's track takes dead aim at the Wilmington region, with landfall expected early Friday, according to an advisory posted by the National Hurricane Center Monday morning.

Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified into a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4 major hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds as it makes its way toward the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.

Florence is forecasted to remain an "extremely risky major hurricane" through Thursday, the day when it's expected to reach the East Coast.

What else should I know?

The governors of North and SC, as well as Virginia, have declared states of emergency ahead of landfall.

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North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency on Sunday, one day after SC.

The last major hurricane to hit the North Carolina coast was Matthew in 2016, a storm that caused major river and flash flooding that killed 26 in the state.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity, " Blake said.

Hansen said residents in Zone A, as well as those in Sandbridge, Back Bay, and the Southern Watershed of the city, will likely be urged to evacuate, but did not specify when an announcement would be made. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds, in 1954.

Meanwhile, forecasters urged residents to complete such storm preparations by the end of Wednesday, saying some impacts from Florence were nearly a certainty by Thursday.

Jeff Orrock, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wakefield, said Virginia Beach can likely expect tropical storm force winds to arrive late Wednesday or early Thursday, with winds increasing throughout Thursday.

It's looking like Cape Cod will be spared from a direct hit of a major hurricane this week, according to the latest forecasts.

The storm became a hurricane Sunday morning.

Swells up to 15 feet high could reach the coast, Myers said, and the storm system is likely to stall when it crosses land, dumping up to 20 inches of rain in some inland locations.

There are also four other named storms and the potential for a fifth to develop.

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