Over a million people evacuate US East coast as Hurricane Florence bears down on Wilmington, North Carolina
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Monday stated that at least eight counties in the region have until noon on Tuesday to evacuate.
President Donald Trump issued multiple warnings on Monday for residents of the Carolinas to prepare for Hurricane Florence, which is strengthening in intensity as it approaches the United States. The president also approved emergency declarations in South Carolina and North Carolina in the wake of the oncoming storm.
Trump tweeted that Hurricane Florence is "one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years" as mandatory evacuation of over one million people has been ordered, of the residents who live along the coastline of South Carolina.
To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad! Please take all necessary precautions. We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you! pic.twitter.com/g74cyD6b6K— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Monday stated that at least eight counties in the region have until noon on Tuesday to evacuate. Reports state that Hurricane Florence, which is currently a Category Four storm, sustaining winds of nearly 140mph (220km/h) is expected to make landfall nearl Wilmington, North Carolina late on Thursday.
McMaster, during a press conference, said: "We’re in for a real episode here. This may be inconvenient. This is a very dangerous hurricane. But we are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina."
Officials have reportedly reversed traffic on certain roads to ensure a steady evacuation process from counties including Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry. The emergency management division of the state has posted additional information on the how to prepare for the hurricane and on the evacuation procedures.
Eyewall mesovortices can be seen in this 30-second GOES-East loop of major #Hurricane #Florence. Max sustained winds have increased to 140 MPH. Latest forecast from @NHC_Atlantic expects near Cat. 5 strength tomorrow (>= 157 MPH). pic.twitter.com/YKK3PxpHZo— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 10, 2018
Authorities said that public schools and state agencies in at least 26 counties will be shut on Tuesday until further notice.
National Weather Service's John Quagliariello said that the storm is begiining to get "extremely large and dangerous" as it is gradually gaining wind. “This could be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the Carolinas since Hugo," Quagliariello said, referring to the Category 5 hurricane that caused heavy damage in the Caribbean and Southeast US in 1989.
Meanwhile, terrifying pictures of the monster storm was shared by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the International Space Station and U.S. astronaut Ricky Wilson on Twitter, as they highlighted the intensity of Hurricane Florence.
Max sustained winds in #Hurricane #Florence have increased to near 105 MPH with higher gusts. Per @NHC_Atlantic, rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is expected to become a major hurricane this morning. (@NOAA GOES-16 imagery) pic.twitter.com/gF2jvTxJBZ— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 10, 2018