Evacuations underway as Florence strengthens to category 4 hurricane

14 September, 2018, 03:48 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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HOLDEN BEACH, N.C., Sept 10 (Reuters) - Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the Carolina coast in almost three decades, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane on Monday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground. "We are with you!" he tweeted Monday afternoon, shortly after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline beginning at noon Tuesday.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway - the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.

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People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

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

Sustained winds Monday afternoon were up to 140 miles per hour.

When Florence will reach the USA, he is the hurricane of the 4th category out of five, say.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac.

Perhaps the worst-case scenario for flight schedules is if Florence stalls after moving on shore while blocking the busy flight routes along the Atlantic coast.

Hurricane Florence intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it barreled towards the US East Coast, where millions of people are bracing for potentially devastating winds and water later this week.

States of emergency have been declared in North and SC as well as Virginia in readiness for Florence. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

"We want to reiterate that yes, lots of the guidance is taking it toward northeast SC but we still need to be on guard with a turn more toward the Charleston area looking less likely at this point", Bright said late Monday morning.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too", Cooper said, urging residents to prepare for lengthy power outages after the hurricane comes.

The move also closed state offices and schools in the eastern half of the state, including Lexington and Richland counties, where tropical storm-strength winds are expected as early as late Thursday. As we said, there have been evacuation orders. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she has evacuated.

Some meteorologists are already predicting that Florence "could be one of the worst storms in us history".

Cameras outside the station captured views of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10.

Florence was about 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of noon ET Monday, or about 1,230 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Classes were canceled starting on Monday at the Wilmington campus of the University of North Carolina.


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