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Gov. McMaster to order mandatory evacuations for SC coastal counties

12 September 2018, 04:15 | Justin Tyler

Florence could reach Category 5 strength Tuesday; NC prepares

Florence strengthens to Category 4, takes aim at Carolinas

"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", he said in a written statement.

"Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast", the NHC said in an advisory. The center said the powerful waves are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia have already declared states of emergency, but winds and flooding caused by Florence could do serious damage even if it remains offshore.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).

Oosterwyk was gathering important papers including tax documents from her store on Monday, and said she planned to drive 240km (150 miles) inland to Cary to ride the storm out. While the storm is expected to batter spanning the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic region, it will likely have little to no impact on MA, forecasters say.

In addition, in the Pacific, what's now Hurricane Olivia is forecast to approach Hawaii as a tropical storm on Tuesday.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. - The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence won't be posted until 5 p.m., but the National Weather Services's Wilmington office is reminding people to stay cautious at local beaches.


Once it makes landfall, Florence is predicted to stall and remain over North Carolina for at least 24 hours - increasing the threat of risky flooding, NHC Director Ken Graham said on Monday.

In South Carolina, McMaster ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday. He said the city's emergency operations center will be partially activated Wednesday and fully activated on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday that Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and continuing to intensify.

State of Emergency has been declared by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The Weather Channel warned of a "disastrous" level of flooding for parts of the area.

There are three storms that meteorologists have their eyes on and there's likely more to come.

As of 5 a.m., there are no coastal warnings or watches in effect as those are only issued until a storm is about 48 hours from landfall.

Obviously the forecast at this point isn't 100 percent certain, but even the deviant courses aren't very far off from the main prediction.

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean towards the east coast of the United States, September 10, 2018.



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