Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas

The storm threatened to hit coastal North and SC with 130 mile per hour winds and massive waves when it makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned.

SC governor Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of the entire 187-mile coastline of the Palmetto State, effective at noon on Tuesday, in anticipation of powerful Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast of the United States. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

On Monday, McMaster pulled the trigger and issued an evacuation order impacting more than one million residents in eight counties along the SC coast.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said on September 10 that evacuations for all coastal zones in the state will begin on September 11, before Hurricane Florence hits.

Even if Florence hits as "only" a Category 3 hurricane, it will still cause "devastating damage".

Hurricane Florence is surging toward the United States and is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds to the Carolinas starting Thursday.

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Friday Cooper declared a State of Emergency.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!"

A supervisor at the North Carolina emergency management office was welcoming workers back and telling them to prepare for a long week.

By Monday morning, the hurricane center classified Florence as a "major" hurricane, Category 3, meaning it was packing sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

The Snow's Cut Bridge, which is the only point of entry to the island, will close once winds reach 45 miles per hour at the structure, Mayor Joe Benson said.

The town of Bluffton said McMaster's order includes the evacuation and closing of hospitals and nursing home facilities.

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The storm will first pass over the North Atlantic Ocean, then pass between the island of Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Wilmington, Anita Harrell said she waited 90 minutes at a Home Depot on Tuesday to get plywood, intending to board up her home and business.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the carrier had capped fares in the region to prevent prices from spiking as travelers rushed to book seats ahead of the storm.

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The element will lead to a "life-threatening storm surges, exceptionally strong heavy rains and destructive winds", they say.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).

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About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

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