Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

South Carolina Orders Mandatory Evacuation of Coast Ahead of Hurricane Florence

South Carolina Orders Mandatory Evacuation of Coast Ahead of Hurricane Florence

I say "active" hurricanes because there are more storms out there that could mature into a hurricane. The size of hurricane-force winds doubled over 12 hours from 30 to 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon.

A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected through the end of the week.

The storm expected to keep building in strength before making landfall on Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center said.

We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster told a news conference.

Schools, state government offices and medical facilities will be evacuated, too, McMaster said.

"(R) esidents and guests of Beaufort County will be allowed to travel within county borders, until there is a need for lane reversals on US 278 and USA 21", a Monday evening message from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said, urging residents to leave by Tuesday.

Residents of coastal areas are boarding up homes and packing their bags as residents brace for Florence's wrath.

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo grew to a Category 4 storm before coming ashore near Charleston, South Carolina, where it caused about $14.1 billion in damage when adjusted for inflation, making it the 13th costliest us storm, according to Hurricane Center records.

Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia.

Sustained winds have reached nearly 105 miles per hour. Only Florence has qualified as a major hurricane.

"Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen", the NHC said.

As of early Monday, the storm was getting stronger, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. Well-built homes can lose walls and roofs. With winds of up to 150mph forecast, Florence will likely fell tree limbs and trigger power outages.

More than a million people living along the coastlines of SC and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate their homes on Tuesday, as parts of America's mid-Atlantic coast brace for what could be the most powerful storm to ever hit the region.

"Zone A is the lowest line and most flood prone area of the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore", said Northam. "We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst", he said.

Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a major category 4 hurricane as of noon on Monday.

All of Hatteras Island was under mandatory evacuation order and other parts of the Outer Banks will have to evacuate by 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) on Tuesday, Dare County Emergency Management said in a statement.

Up and down the densely populated coast, residents have been told to prepare, and not just for a possible direct blow. He encouraged people to learn evacuation routes and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but several other hurricanes are brewing as well.

Hurricane season officially peaks today: September 10.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect as of Monday morning.

Olivia could weaken into a strong tropical storm within 48 hours, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west toward the Caribbean.

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