Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4, SC coast to be evacuated

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C. NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"
Glenn Montgomery | 14 September, 2018, 14:10

McMaster estimated about 1 million residents would be fleeing the coast before Florence's arrival.

Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties Tuesday morning. "When weather forecasters tell us 'life threatening, ' we know it's serious. A decision on lane reversals in Beaufort County will be made on Tuesday, McMaster said".

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.

"We are in the bullseye", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference. American, Delta, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, and Alaska have all issued fee waiver policies for some airports in Virginia and North and SC. Some schools will be used as evacuation shelters, which will open as needed, officials said Monday. The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday.

She said the city had received numerous phone calls about shelters opening, but she said those were a function of Craven County government, which had already declared a state of emergency.

The storm will likely make landfall Thursday evening in North Carolina.

The Dare County Commission ordered evacuations of Hatteras Island, also part of the Outer Banks, on Monday and Tuesday. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely risky hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening, predicting that the hurricane's top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a wost-case Category 5 scenario. It is forecast to gain strength again as it moves toward the East Coast.

Change fee waivers and flexible rebooking policies are now in place at every big airline serving the mid-Atlantic area that's expected to be in the path of Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm that could bring "catastrophic" damage. Upon immediate landfall, the threats are you standard hurricane threats - storm surge, strong winds, tornadoes. That storm killed as many as 3,000 people and left the entire island without power for weeks and in some locations months. "All of those rivers in our area could potentially see significant flooding". Emergency declarations were issued by the governors in both states, as well as in Virginia and Maryland. The S.C. National Guard also can be deployed during an emergency.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard. "Get ready now", he said. "We know we can't play around with this", said Jennifer Oosterwyk, who owns the Sugar Britches boutique on Holden Beach and lives in nearby Wilmington. Hurricane watch zone is shaded in pink.

He urged county residents to secure their homes and loose outdoor items, prepare for prolonged power outages by stocking up on food and water, fuel vehicles and keep check on family members, especially the elderly and pets. "Don't take a chance". Thank you for taking the time today.

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