"Monster" Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast - 9/12/2018 12:30:23 AM

14 September, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
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"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC forecasters warned. The coastal areas of Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are now under evacuation orders and are also the states in which airports will be most impacted by the storm.

In Brunswick County, in the far southeast corner of the state, the county government ordered the mandatory evacuation of people in low-lying areas and the voluntary evacuation of other areas.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of North and SC have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting tens of thousands of residents in coastal areas.

"We are not going to restrict people's movements within the county until lane reversals are necessary, if they become necessary", said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Capt. The entire SC coast is now under a mandatory evacuation order beginning at noon tomorrow. Hurricane-force winds could extend more than 50 miles from the storm's center, putting much of the state at risk of destructive winds.

Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Helene track in Atlantic Ocean.

Mike Herring with Frank's Ice Company unloads another pallet of ice as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday in Wilmington, N.C.

Sustained winds Monday afternoon were up to 140 miles per hour. The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast, possibly as a Category 4 storm, overnight Thursday into Friday.

Panovich said one thing to worry about is the storm slowing down as it approaches the Carolina's. "Some computer models keep the storm just offshore though, which would lessen the local impact".

The storm is expected to turn towards the north on Wednesday.

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Florence could be the most powerful storm to hit the Carolinas since Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which came ashore at the border with North and SC, killing 19 people in North Carolina and causing catastrophic damage along the coast.

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

The NC Ferry Division announced Sunday that is was canceling some ferries to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands "due to preparation for possible severe weather". She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she has evacuated.

Authorities also warned of life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential for Florence to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days. Bob Bromage on Monday evening.

"We are in the bullseye", Cooper told a news conference Monday.

Download the Ready NC app or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates and to learn how you can prepare for the storm.

Highways will be reversed so everyone can get out, 'no one in.' McMaster said he's expecting a million people will evacuate.

Tropical storm watches were in effect Tuesday for Antigua, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.

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