In the worst-case scenario, Florence could become the harshest hurricane to hit the country in terms of financial pain. Florence will likely weaken to a Category 1 storm Friday or Saturday.
Mandatory evacuations are underway in coastal areas of several states in Hurricane Florence's path. So we should all be even more appreciative than usual this week for their hard work and professionalism.
That would make Florence the costliest storm ever to hit the U.S.in terms of property loss.
The National Hurricane Center said Monday the monster storm will be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday. But it's expected to intensify before pummeling the East Coast.
"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through landfall".
However, tropical storm force winds of 40 miles per hour could develop as early as Thursday morning. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.
This kind of long-term attack portends severe destruction. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.
From the livestock industry, one environmental impact from the storm could be from the lagoons, or lined earthen pits, that hold treated manure. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.
But astonishing winds aren't the biggest danger. The school said the decision came after discussions with West Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management officials. Sound unlikely? It's the same model that accurately predicted that last year's Hurricane Harvey, which also stalled over land, would drop 60 inches.
Storm surge is basically a wall of seawater that could fall on and swallow parts of the coast. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.
During a press conference update on the state's ongoing preparations for Hurricane Florence, Governor Henry McMaster says he and state officials continue to make adjustments to their plans.
Aside from that mammoth coastal flooding, Florence will likely inundate cities far inland as well.
In the mesmerising satellite footage, the storm whips up more power the risky weather system sweeps across the Atlantic.
Across the Carolinas, people are preparing for what experts believe could be a devastating storm.
"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".
The storm is now 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
"Hosting a major college football game is a massive undertaking that on a good day involves fans and thousands of state, local and campus personnel, including public safety officials, traveling from all over the area", UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.
Florence will unload up to 40 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina.
The problem is, much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall. It says total rainfall could reach 30 inches in some places, prompting life-threatening flash flooding from SC to Northern Virginia.
While Florence threatens to do enormous financial damage, it's unlikely to be the deadliest.
As of Tuesday, storm surge and hurricane warnings have been issued along the southeast US coast from parts of Florida to Cape Cod, MA. The potential area of impact includes a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in SC and North Carolina.
A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people.