Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence prompts mandatory evacuations in US

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C. 'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts worried
Kim Reese | 14 September, 2018, 14:10

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate as the storm advances.

As a precaution against Florence, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered an estimated 1 million coastal residents in his state to move inland. "We just don't know what's going to happen and we have no control over that".

US 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon Tuesday, but officials will wait to make an order at that time.

Horry County will have two four-lane reversals along US 501 - from S.C. 544 to USA 378, and between S.C. 22 and S.C. 576 near Marion County.

The vehicle park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

"Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

The governor said residents should prepare for ocean surge, strong winds, and inland flooding. "We know it's going to hit somewhere where it's going to have a dramatic impact on SC". "We will experience a significant and sustained rainfall event with flooding".

Weather experts, however, continued to warn that the forecast "cone" is a best a guess, and that landfall could occur anywhere from northeastern SC to northeastern North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.
US airlines prepare for arrival of Hurricane Florence

As of Monday afternoon, however, no roadblocks or lane reversals have been scheduled for Tuesday in Beaufort County, including the Hilton Head Island bridges, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Should Florence make landfall as a Category 4, it would be the first Category 4 hurricane since Hazel in 1954 to hit North Carolina. It could potentially become the "Harvey of the East Coast".

As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts 160-170 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on Thursday but swells are already affecting the US East Coat.

Although the storm's winds will likely diminish rapidly after making landfall, the heavy rain will persist as it stalls over portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

Helene, which formed as a tropical storm last Friday night, is heading toward the Cabo Verde islands off the eastern coast of Africa, while Isaac is moving west toward the Caribbean, including the islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Grenada.

South Carolina National Guard soldiers transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. September 10, 2018.

James City County has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of effects from Hurricane Florence. Also included in Southwest's relaxed rebooking policy were the Washington-area's busy Reagan National and Dulles airports. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening. The storm is now about 950 miles from the Carolina coast line, but moving in that direction at about 15 mph. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard. Get ready. Get evacuated.

"I highly encourage people to move out of the county", Brunswick Emergency Management Director Brian Watts said. Hurricane watch zone is shaded in pink.

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