Mandatory evacuations ordered for entire SC coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence

Mandatory evacuations issued for Outer Banks ahead of Florence

HOLDEN BEACH, N.C.: The powerful Hurricane Florence threatened to bring "days and days" of rain and potentially deadly flooding to the US southeast coast, North Carolina's governor warned on Tuesday, as some 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes.

He added: "It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane. the forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain".

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

The storm weakened slightly and has 130 miles per hour winds, but it is still a major Category 4 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

As Hurricane Florence strengthens to a category 4 storm, Virginia is now bracing for a potentially catastrophic impact.

The watch covers the area from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, north to the North Carolina-Virginia border, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered an evacuation of his state's entire coast and predicted as many as one million people would leave their homes.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.

"As a resident of the South East and pretty much in the way of Florence, we are already running out of gasoline", said Scott Shelton, an energy broker at ICAP in Durham, North Carolina. In these areas, storm surge may spread several miles inland along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, extending to Greenville, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is on the brink of becoming a major storm, strengthening rapidly as it rolls across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast. "We've weathered tough hurricanes before, and we will do it again".

"This is a very risky hurricane", McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary". "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "However, if the storm does stall, it could drop 10-20" of rain, leading to flooding well inland.

SC also will receive federal assistance after President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for the Palmetto State.

Eighty-three members of the NYPD and FDNY and six canines were deployed to Kinston, North Carolina, from the NYC Emergency Management warehouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Florence appears to have weakened slightly but is expected to restrengthen later on Tuesday, the NHC said.

The storm is expected to threaten the Carolinas and Virginia.

It is now moving west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

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