Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Olive Hawkins
September 12, 2018

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. "We ask you to heed the warnings - today is the day".

Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

"When people face the decision to leave their homes or stay and fight the storm, having the option to safely store their belongings can make that decision easier", Mack said.

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said.

That is what happened past year with Hurricane Harvey, which brought more than 150 centimeters of rain to the Houston, Texas area. Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", Byard said.

Deal cited the storm's "forecasted southward track" in a statement declaring a state of emergency.

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Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the SC coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.

Lebrun said the latest updates will be posted on the Ware County Schools Facebook page.

"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated", Trump tweeted.

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said. Governors of those states have already declared states of emergency, as have the governors of Virginia and Maryland. At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

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