But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.
Helene - 490km west of the Cape Verde islands off the African coast - has winds up to 150km/h and is expected to continue moving west-northwest for another couple of days, the NHC said in its bulletin.
Carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to approach Category 5 status on Tuesday as it slows and strengthens off North and SC.
"Further strengthening is anticipated and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement.
"Never have we seen quite this type of a storm approach us". "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".
"It doesn't matter what happened in (previous) storms", said LaRoche, a social services director.
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) said in its travel advisory: "Hurricane Florence is forecast to bring life-threatening weather conditions to North Carolina and SC, with potential effects in coastal Georgia and Virginia".
"This storm gets stronger and stronger" on its way to a head-on impact with a zone that ranges some 80 miles, Myers said.
"This one is hard", she said, having been through hurricane damage before. "It's expected to be a large storm so it will have impacts well away from the center". It was centered about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).
Airlines, including American and Southwest, have started letting passengers change travel plans that take them into the hurricane's possible path.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.
"We are marshaling every available resource to ensure maximum preparation for rapid response". "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".
Carrying winds of up to 220 km/h, Hurricane Florence - a Category 4 storm - is expected to strengthen and possibly become Category 5 on Tuesday.
The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles. And right now, the bull's eye is our city, Wilmington. "There's nobody left to work. We know we can't play around with this", said Jennifer Oosterwyk, who owns the Sugar Britches boutique on Holden Beach and lives in nearby Wilmington. "This is probably the only exercise I get this week".
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.
Historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
The last talks, between mid-level United States and Chinese officials on 22 and 23 August, failed to reach any agreement. Such a meeting could take place in Washington or Beijing, though the timing is unclear, according to informed sources.
There was better news for the other Weah in action, though, as teenager Timothy helped U.S. record a 1-0 triumph over Mexico. As expected, his every touch and movement were reportedly greeted with cheers and jubilation form the home fans.
Loesch then added sarcastically: 'Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long. A majority of Loesch's fury was directed towards the introduction of Nia - a steam engine from Kenya.
More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports . People in areas vulnerable to the risky hurricane, particularly those in coastal regions, have fled ahead of the storm.
An inspection was immediately undertaken at the restaurant, but there was reportedly no trace of rats. Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy.
Cleaner Akwo Kwame Johnson, from neighbouring Ivory Coast said he wanted to pay his last respects to " our great father ". Scores of world leaders past and present, as well as royalty, are expected in Accra for Annan's funeral on Thursday.
Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". "He did what he had to do in that match , because she overcame the limit". Yet again, it was a privileged group trying to minimise a voice, attempting to keep politics out of sport at all costs.
CDC warns consumers about upcoming flu season
Often marketed as the less painful option for children, the AAP doesn't recommend the nasal spray over the traditional flu shot. The campaign, running across East Lancashire, is urging parents/guardians/carers to vaccinate their children against flu .
Bradley beats Rose in playoff to win BMW Championship
If no play is possible, United States captain Jim Furyk will surely give it to another in-form twenty-something - Tony Finau . Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead in concussion protocol
Farrow spent past year on the injured reserve, but in 2016 he ran for 192 yards on 60 carries with the then San Diego Chargers. The team did add running back Kenneth Farrow to the practice squad Wednesday, releasing wide receiver Jace Billingsley.