Mandatory evacuations ordered in Carolinas, Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

More than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Life-threatening storm surges along portions of the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

This photo from Arnold is one of many on his Twitter feed of the Earth from the International Space Station. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

In girding for Florence, FEMA is making preparations in areas from SC to DE, with inland areas and mid-Atlantic states also expected to be inundated with what Long described as "copious amounts of rainfall". Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a mandatory evacuation for all of the state's barrier islands Tuesday afternoon.

And the overarching message from the experts: Hurricane Florence could be deadly.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

Trump encouraged residents in the path of the storms to take precautions. "Federal Government stands by, ready to assist 24/7".

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring disastrous flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday", the NHC said.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimeters) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.

Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, lovely beaches and, now, a hurricane evacuation. Half her supply was going to barricade a basement soup kitchen she managed, and the other half to protect her own home on nearby Johns Island.

Baxley said the possibility of re-implementing the evacuation later this week "remains on the table". "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different". Those traveling on Interstate 26 may face heavy traffic. "It also has the highest potential to cause the most destruction".

He says the peanut crop could use some rain after a very dry August, but certainly doesn't need the amount of moisture Florence is expected to deliver.

"This storm is going to get stronger before it makes landfall", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. While wind damage is still ordinarily covered, insurers that were stung by storms such as Sandy in 2012, which swamped NY and New Jersey, have inserted clauses in their policies that limit coverage and set high deductibles, particularly when storms reach hurricane status. It is now blowing with 130 miles per hour winds.

The storm was about 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria.

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