Savannah area officials do not expect any serious impacts here from the storm.
South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.
State offices - including the University of SC - and schools also will close in 26 counties in the eastern part of the state Tuesday, McMaster said. Please take all necessary precautions. "We have already started to mobilize our resources to respond accordingly", he writes. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening.
"This storm has really got its act together and it's just a heck of a storm out there", Kibbey told CNN.
Hurricane Florence has slightly increased in speed as it heads toward the U.S. East Coast. It says total rainfall could reach 30 inches in some places, prompting life-threatening flash flooding from SC to Northern Virginia.
"What we remember are the people", Sanders said.
The White House has been in contact with local authorities, Sanders said.
"The federal government stands ready to assist", she said.
Hurricane Florence intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it barreled towards the US East Coast, where millions of people are bracing for potentially devastating winds and water later this week.
People trying to escape Florence in SC were coming across the state border to Georgia, and hotel rooms and campgrounds were getting booked fast, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported. Last year, he rescued people in Harvey.
In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.
"It just kind of hits you in the gut when you see this thing strengthening and know that the forecast is calling for it to come in as such a strong storm", he told CNN on Monday after his third flight. Initially hailed as a rare glimmer of competence in an otherwise chaotic and dysfunctional administration, the administration's hurricane response has since been re-evaluated.
Hugo killed 27 people in SC and caused more than $9 billion in damage, which was the costliest hurricane on record at the time. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We're still helping Puerto Rico". Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.
Hurricane season officially peaks today: September 10.
Long said FEMA made changes to its priorities and procedures following some of those learned lessons. Get out because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to get emergency operation folks to you until after the storm passes. "We know it's going to hit somewhere where it's going to have a dramatic impact on SC. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months".