Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Over a million ordered to flee powerful storm

Over a million ordered to flee powerful storm

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. "This helps everyone find vital information more easily".

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe weather across a wide area.

Dare County has a year-round population of more than 30,000, but the population balloons during tourist seasons.

Hurricane Helene is a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, and it is located 375 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving 16 mph to the west-northwest.

"Life-threatening" hurricane and storm surges watches have been issued for huge swathes of the United States southeastern coast as Hurricane Florence barrels across the Atlantic Ocean.

As Paul Flaherty flew over Hurricane Florence, he didn't like what he was seeing.

Florence became a hurricane on Sunday with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour, CNN reported.

Hurricane Florence is poised to affect more than 10 million this week in the southeastern U.S.

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre 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.

Perhaps the worst-case scenario for flight schedules is if Florence stalls after moving on shore while blocking the busy flight routes along the Atlantic coast.

Forecasters said the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a risky storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

Hugo killed 27 people in SC and caused more than $9 billion in damage, which was the costliest hurricane on record at the time. Local Charleston Southern University has already canceled all classes after Monday, September 10th prompting the question; will other schools follow?

Highways will be reversed so everyone can get out, 'no one in.' McMaster said he's expecting a million people will evacuate.

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.

"Traffic was backed up for about 9 miles (14 km) in places", said Paul Jones, a retiree who owns a vacation home on Hatteras Island.

"I highly encourage people to move out of the county", Brunswick Emergency Management Director Brian Watts said.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", North Carolina Gov.

In southeast Virginia, Naval Station Norfolk told not to leave their vehicles at the sprawling base later this week because of the flood threat.

The US Navy added that it was sending almost 30 ships from Virginia to sea in order to avoid damage.

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