Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down

Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down

Some 27 per cent of the deaths have come from rain-driven flooding, sometimes hundreds of miles inland.

In announcing his evacuation order, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

"We want to reiterate that yes, lots of the guidance is taking it toward northeast SC but we still need to be on guard with a turn more toward the Charleston area looking less likely at this point", Bright said late Monday morning.

Traffic also has been directed away from the coast on parts of United States 501, McMaster said.

A Category 4 hurricane can cause catastrophic damage, the hurricane center warned: "Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls", the hurricane center said.

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

More than a million people are expected to flee low-lying areas, as SC and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations of coastal areas starting on Tuesday. For Clark and her husband and young daughter, this will be a new experience.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

Similar scenes were repeated up and down the US East Coast, from Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. FOX 46 reports most grocery stores have been having a hard time keeping water on their shelves, along with bread and milk.

Graham said areas that repeatedly get hit even with weaker winds at Florence's edges could see heavy rainfall for hours.

Some tourists and residents were still outside enjoying pleasant weather as forecasters said computer models narrowed the grim target with clearer consensus.

The storm is a category four system, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour ...

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Isaac is forecast to stay south of Puerto Rico but may bring some rain to the island.

The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners. That is still a unsafe, category 4 intensity.

The NHC said: "Recent satellite imagery shows that the eye of Florence has become cloud filled and an earlier 0441 UTC microwave overpass revealed a double eyewall structure".

Wall Street was sniffing out companies that could gain or lose at the storm's hands. "Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed". "This is not going to be a storm that we recover from in days".

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

In Virginia, mandatory evacuations began Tuesday morning for about 245,000 residents in a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore area.

More than a million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been told to leave their homes.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,085 miles (1745 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", he said.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic. Hurricane Helene was expected to weaken over the eastern Atlantic.

"This is a serious storm and it's going to effect the entire state", Northam told a news conference.

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