South Carolina Coast Ordered To Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

South Carolina Coast Ordered To Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

South Carolina Coast Ordered To Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

In North Carolina, schools had already cancelled classes for the week yesterday as the state braced for what would be only its second brush with a Category 4 hurricane since record-keeping began in the 1800s - the other was 1954's Hazel.

"Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said.

Coastal areas are likely to experience storm surges and the hurricane may dump heavy rains across the entire mid-Atlantic region, causing unsafe floods.

President Donald Trump declared that an emergency exists in North Carolina, ordering federal assistance for the state as it braces for the powerful storm, and will look to recover from possible damage caused by Florence.

Florence "is particularly big, particularly strong and. there's nothing stopping it", the SC governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference on Monday.

North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that don't usually get much tropical weather.

Hurricane Florence moved closer to the U.S. East Coast after becoming a major hurricane Monday again.

More than a million people are expected to flee low-lying areas, as SC and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations of coastal areas starting on Tuesday.

After the initial threat of damaging hurricane-force winds as the storm hits, flooding becomes a life-threatening concern. The state's emergency management division has posted additional information on the evacuations and how to prepare. Among the airports commonly mentioned are those in North and SC, as well as Norfolk and Richmond, VA and Savannah, GA. Florence was upgraded twice Monday to a Category 4.

Before that, Hurricane Hugo made landfall just north of Charleston, W. Va., at Category 4 strength in 1989.

As for travelers, Southwest Airlines also announced it will waive change fees for passengers flying to or from impacted airports such as Charlotte, Richmond and Raleigh/Durham between September 12-16.

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command directed almost 30 ships to steam away from the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, home to Naval Station Norfolk.

North and South Carolina are under a state of emergency, and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the coastline to evacuate. "Everyone in Virginia needs to prepare".

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands, blowing westward and expected to arrive in the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The storm has Category 4 winds of 140 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

There have been 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic at least 3 times in the last 9 years so this is not unprecedented. "Most of the storms that come off of Africa generally move from east to west, and then they curve around that [high-pressure system and go] to the north and, hopefully, off into the Atlantic", Bell told Live Science.

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