Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas
Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas
14 September, 2018, 07:17
Coastal areas of North Carolina began evacuating on Monday, with a second wave at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Communities along a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change prepared to evacuate the storm, which forecasters expect to be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.
This travel alert allows customers whose travel plans may be impacted to rebook without penalty, the airline said in a news release Monday. "We are going to put everything else away and then we are going to put some concrete blocks in front of the doors just so rushing water and wind can't blow the doors back in", said Matthew Littleton with Casper's Marina. Further south, from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, to Cape Fear could see 4 to 6 feet of surge and further north, from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, could see 5 to 8 feet of storm surge. "We're liable to have a whole lot of flooding".
The Post and Courier reports: "The evacuations covers some areas inland prone to flooding, including Berkeley County and parts of Dorchester County".
Florence is forecast to make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday as a major hurricane and subject the region to high winds and heavy rain.
In North Carolina the Outer Banks and in SC as of noon Tuesday - mandatory evacuations in eight coastal counties.
The hurricane roared from a Category 1 (90 mph) to a Category 4 (130 mph) in just 13 hours, an extremely rapid intensification, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.
On its current track, Florence is expected to slam South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia the hardest.
The first tropical storm force winds are expected in Wilmington sometime Wednesday.
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Farther north into the Delmarva Peninsula, residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and NY and coastal and inland areas should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east, officials said. "Don't take a chance". Thank you for taking the time today.
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