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A university statement says officials will continue monitoring the forecast and may make an evactuation mandatory if conditions later require.

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph, just over the threshold for a hurricane, as it made its way across the Atlantic, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

Florence crossed the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) as the National Hurricane Center warned it was expected to become an extremely risky major hurricane by Monday and remain that way for days.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will travel between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before approaching the southeastern US coast on Thursday. Residents in North Carolina and other East Coast states should pay attention to the storm and begin to think about hurricane plans.

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The NHC predicts it could become a major hurricane by Monday and remain that way through Thursday.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Florence was centred about 720 miles (1,160 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 7 mph (11 kmh).

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. But authorities were taking no chances as the governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm.

Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should "pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore". Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes, but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships. The ship was originally set to visit the popular eastern Caribbean destination on Sunday but to make sure the second Vista class ship makes it back to New York City as normal a call to Amber Cove is replacing it instead.

Carnival Cruise Line has chose to cancel the secluded port of call in San Juan Puerto Rico for the Carnival Horizon. All university-sponsored events and athletics, including Fall Family and Alumni Weekend (Sept. 14-15), the women's soccer match vs. ECU on Thursday (Sept. 13) and the Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational women's volleyball tournament (Sept. 14-15) are canceled.

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Authorities in the Carolinas are warning residents to prepare for a potential disaster as Hurricane Florence gains strength ahead a potential landfall later in the week.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm already was generating swelling waves and risky currents along the coast.

Cooper said that many North Carolina farmers lost a significant number of crops when Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, so the State of Emergency gave them time to prepare before the storm arrives.

Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cabo Verde Islands with 85-mph (140-kph) winds on Sunday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land. Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.

Tropical Storm Helene is also Cat. 1.

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The latest update shows Florence as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.