Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning.
It could be the first Category 4 storm to hit North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo devastated the region in 1989.
The slow-moving hurricane could also dump heavy rainfall inland, bringing a risk of flooding.
South Carolina’s Governor ordered the state’s entire coastline evacuated by Tuesday afternoon in advance of the storm. Evacuations now extend to 1 million people in the state.
A Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds is bearing down on the US East Coast, bringing a risk of devastating floods.
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The hurricane could remain powerful as it passes over the US mainland, the NHC warned on Monday morning.
The hurricane is set to inundate low-lying islands off the coast of North Carolina, like the Outer Banks and other barrier islands, according to the NHC’s “cone of probability” forecast. Heavy rain may impact as far inland as Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, though the severity will depend on the storm’s track, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Evacuations now extend to 1 million people in South Carolina — Governor Henry McMaster ordered the state’s entire 187-mile coastline evacuated by Tuesday afternoon, reports The Post and Courier.
“Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore,” McMaster said in a press conference.
Evacuation orders are mounting
Some South Carolina schools and most offices have been closed in Charleston, the largest city in South Carolina, in advance of the storm, reports
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