Evacuations Ordered As Hurricane Florence Heads For East Coast

Evacuations Ordered As Hurricane Florence Heads For East Coast

Evacuations Ordered As Hurricane Florence Heads For East Coast

"Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said.

North Carolina State University canceled classes beginning Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. until the evening of Sunday, Sept. 16, although dining and residence halls will remain open.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned residents to prepare for possible evacuations and he even called on President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in the state to prepare for the impact of the storm. Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track for Hurricane Florence, as of 11 a.m. on September 11, 2018.

The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners.

Hurricane watches extend from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

Florence remains a category 4 hurricane. This general motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said the ground in North and SC and Virginia is already saturated from recent rains. Some forecasting models show it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds in 1954. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds". Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is picking up strength, with twist paces of more than 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon. With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, hurricane-strength winds have been expanding to 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds 150 miles from the center. We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm. Isaac's forward movement was accelerating on a path to cross into the lower Caribbean on Thursday.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", warning of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages". Helene is a Category 2 hurricane that's blowing winds between 96-110 miles per hour.

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