Hurricane Florence Tracking Toward Carolinas Virginia Watches

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence as it threatens the US east coast

Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 miles per hour (225 kph) winds and potentially ruinous rains.

And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change.

Although Florence is still days from arrival, authorities have taken extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at midday on Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. However, UCF's only open weekend is October 27, and North Carolina is playing an ACC game at Virginia that day.

Florence is now at a Category 4 level, the second highest classification on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds now at 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour). "This one is different". "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". Officials are urging residents in coastal and low-lying areas to prepare for strong winds, a deep storm surge and a very prolonged deluge of rainfall. "One of our biggest challenges is too much rain at the wrong time", McIntosh says.

While Florence is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Carolina coast, the storm will weaken before it makes landfall.

The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce tropical cyclones.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for hundreds of miles of the U.S. East Coast, from Edisto Beach in SC up north to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

More than a million people were under evacuation orders in the eastern United States Tuesday, where powerful Hurricane Florence threatened catastrophic damage to a region popular with vacationers and home to crucial government institutions.

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Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". It's enough to cover Manhattan with almost 3,800 feet (1.1 kilometers) of water, more than twice as high as the island's tallest building.

"Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence is setting up to be a devastating event in the Carolinas and central Virginia as well", he said.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC, facilitating federal help, and cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday, citing the storm.

"The coal-ash sites are very vulnerable to this hurricane and any other", said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

"From eight o'clock 'til two we were slammed", said Johnson, who sold scores of bags of sand over the weekend, saving just a few to barricade the store's own doors.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria past year in Puerto Rico.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Sept. 10 issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal Virginia residents in Zone A in advance of Hurricane Florence, effective Tuesday, September 11 at 8 a.m. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. Even scarier: It could get more violent as it gets closer to the Carolinas. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

"It's showing that now, but we know it has the potential to change again". By comparison, Washington, D.C., gets an average of 40 inches of rain per year.

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