Kim Stenson, director of the S.C. Emergency Management Division, said Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel will also arrive in the state Monday "to start the planning process should we have to evacuate". Students are urged - but not required - to leave and classes are being canceled.
"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", Gov. Cooper said.
A state of emergency has been sounded in Virginia and North and SC as Florence, a Category 1 hurricane which is turning into a risky storm, is expected to make landfall this week in the southeastern coast of the United States, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory on Sunday. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.
Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia, forecast to weaken to a tropical storm, may hit Hawaii as soon as Tuesday.
September 09-The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center's breakdown of storm strength says Category 3 storms can bring "devastating" destruction.
The hurricane was located about 560 miles (905 kilometers) northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Florence is expected to be a major hurricane by Monday.
In southeast Virginia, Naval Station Norfolk told its employees they should not leave their vehicles parked at the sprawling base in coming days because of the flood threat. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms". McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected.
The storm's center was on track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said.
Over the last 24 hours, Gov. Roy Cooper and Gov. Henry McMaster declared state of emergencies for their respective states ahead of Florence.
And while he assured South Carolinians that official preparations were well underway, the governor emphasized what he called the "unofficial" part of preparations: citizen preparedness.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready.
In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence". Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands, tracked south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.
At this statistical height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two hurricanes, Helene and Issac.
Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.
This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, center. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.