Tracking Tropical Storm Florence's path
Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The storm may affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Here’s what should you know about the powerful storm’s path.
Where is the hurricane now?
Florence is approximately 390 miles south of Bermuda and around 905 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 11 a.m. ET, according to the NHC.
The center says the storm is moving west-northwest at 16 mph, and has maximum sustained winds of about 130 mph.
"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane watch area Thursday and Friday," the NHC says.
The NHC also says the storm could become more powerful.
"Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," it noted. "Florence is expected to begin re- strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall."
What else should I know?
The governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia have all declared states of emergency ahead of the approaching storm.
“Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster advised.
The state’s emergency management agency said it is “preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.”
President Trump declared a state of emergency in North Carolina ahead of the storm.
"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" he tweeted Monday evening.
If you’re getting ready for Florence, you can read about steps to prepare for the storm here.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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