RALEIGH, N.C. (WLOS) -- Gov. Roy Cooper addressed the public in an 11 a.m. press conference on Monday.
"The forecast places North Carolina in the bullseye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger," Cooper said.
Now is the time to review your emergency plans, and figure out an evacuation route, the governor added.
On Monday afternoon, a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island, as Florence moves closer to the East Coast.
He also advised WNC residents to prepare for potential landslides "from this storm and its rain."
Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday, and says that 200 national guard troops have already been activated.