Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence on Course to the Carolinas

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As the threat of Florence looms closer, states and cities along the southeastern seaboard are taking action.

The storm threatened to hit coastal North and SC with 130 mile per hour winds and massive waves when it makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned.

Governors in North and SC declared states of emergency in advance of the storm, which already was creating unsafe conditions in waters off the coast.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of all eight counties on the coast on Monday, The State newspaper in Columbia reported.

A mandatory evacuation order takes effect Tuesday at noon in eight counties along South Carolina's 187-mile coastline.

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", SC governor Henry McMaster said, issuing his state's emergency declaration. That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along.

Carrying winds of up to 220 km/h, Hurricane Florence - a Category 4 storm - is expected to strengthen and possibly become Category 5 on Tuesday.

States of emergency were declared in the Carolinas; Virginia; Washington, DC; and Maryland, where some coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

"It's going to be inconvenient - but we do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane".

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The vehicle park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely unsafe 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. People rushed to get emergency kits ready, map out escape routes, fill sandbags and secure their homes. "It's a big one", he said. That storm killed as many as 3,000 people and left the entire island without power for weeks and in some locations months. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

Chief Thavenet said they will not operate in high winds.

Coastal areas of North Carolina began evacuating on Monday, with a second wave at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The storm will first pass over the North Atlantic Ocean, then pass between the island of Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kevin Orth loads sandbags into cars on Milford Street as he helps residents prepare for Hurricane Florence on Monday in Charleston, S.C.

Monday is the climatological peak date of hurricane season, the height of the eight-week period when the most powerful storms usually form, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.

"Regardless of where the storm makes landfall, all residents in Stanly should prepare for this hurricane", said Brian T. Simpson, director of emergency services.

With a mandatory evacuation order in place, St. Joseph's/Candler will be closing all practices in SC.