Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"

NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane

Evacuations were also ordered along the Virginia coast for about 245,000 people, according to Gov. Ralph Northam.

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

Evacuation shelter locations for those evacuating from the state's northern and central coastal counties will be available on, McMaster said. Evacuations were happening along the coast of North and South Carolina, and the projected landfall was expected between Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect. "A decision on lane reversals in Beaufort County will be made on Tuesday, McMaster said".

State offices will be closed in 26 counties, including Horry and Georgetown counties, as well as schools on Tuesday until further notice. Boarding will happen on a first-come, first-serve basis, the commission said in a news release that also mandated evacuations for visitors.

"This is a real hurricane we have coming", he said.

While in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, many are getting ready for life off the grid, buying up generators, flashlights, water and lots of plywood to cover up windows.

The Post and Courier reports: "The evacuations covers some areas inland prone to flooding, including Berkeley County and parts of Dorchester County".

The governors of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday, and predicted that a million people would flee.

Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence was the most severe storm to threaten the USA mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989, when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina.

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A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and is "rapidly strengthening" as it heads toward the Carolinas coast, bringing "exceptionally heavy rain", the National Hurricane Center said Monday. "Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday".

Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre.

Stay with WTOC for the latest information on Lowcountry closings and weather as Hurricane Florence continues to draw closer. "As we receive more information, we will keep everyone updated".

In terms of "State of Emergency", Gov. Roy Cooper issued it on Friday ahead of Hurricane Florence.

But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.

Governors in the Carolinas and Virginia already had declared emergencies, and some sought federal aid as well. The president has spoken to the governors of both Carolinas and Virginia, the White House said Monday. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard. Get ready. Get evacuated.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said. I'll take my chance with the hurricane.

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