Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"

As many as a million people could leave the coast, the governor said.

"This storm is strong and it's getting stronger", Cooper said. "We encourage anyone in the path of these storms to prepare themselves and to heed the warnings of State and Local officials", he said in a tweet. "We don't want to risk one SC life". Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect.

The mandatory evacuation order extends to eight counties along South Carolina's coast: Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry. "A decision on lane reversals in Beaufort County will be made on Tuesday, McMaster said". In those coastal areas, heavy surf and elevated water levels are expected to arrive by Wednesday morning, and rainfall could begin by Thursday morning. "We are going to put everything else away and then we are going to put some concrete blocks in front of the doors just so rushing water and wind can't blow the doors back in", said Matthew Littleton with Casper's Marina. "We do not want to risk one SC life".

There is a mandatory medical evacuation in place for hospitals, said Rep. Tim McGinnis in a Facebook post.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane - Hazel, with 130mph winds, in 1954.

The storm, which intensified dramatically from a Category 1 to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday, could roar ashore with winds of up to 150 miles per hour, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

With little wind to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Storm "Florence" promises to be the most powerful in 30 years. "As we receive more information, we will keep everyone updated".

Cumberland County Schools is working with emergency management officials to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence, according to Lindsay A. Whitley, a spokesman for the school system.

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Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. The S.C. National Guard also can be deployed during an emergency.

Storm over the Atlantic ocean "looks very bad", wrote in his Twitter the President of the United States Donald trump.

His campaign says it's canceling a Thursday event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he had been scheduled to stump for the Republican senate candidate, state attorney general Josh Hawley.

"The federal government stands ready to assist", she said.

The Transportation Department also has more than 3,000 employees ready to deploy, and more than 440 additional state law enforcement officers have been moved to the coast.

"Based on current models, it's likely that the biggest impact will be to the Charlotte airport, which is an American Airlines hub", she said.

All evacuation routes and zones are detailed in the 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide.

SAFFO: They are following the evacuation orders.

McMaster said folks should prepare for a lot of flooding in the Pee Dee area. I'll take my chance with the hurricane.

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