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Evacuations along Southeastern coast underway ahead of Florence

Evacuations along Southeastern coast underway ahead of Florence

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

Isaac, which the NHC called a small hurricane, was about 1,090 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria - with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

"Further strengthening is anticipated and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency and evacuation orders have been issued in Dare County, N.C., beginning at noon Monday.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

The hurricane is generating swells that are already affecting Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast.

Kottlowski is concerned that Florence will slow down and possibly stall near or inland of the coast, potentially leading to a life-threatening flooding situation.

Several meteorologists said Florence could approach what Hurricane Harvey did past year over Texas, dumping days of rain over a wide area.

Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation of Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties Tuesday morning.

"The Storms in the Atlantic are very unsafe".

"There's never been a storm like Florence". The center of the massive storm is then forecast to meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas.

With a mandatory evacuation order in place, St. Joseph's/Candler will be closing all practices in SC.

The move also closed state offices and schools in the eastern half of the state, including Lexington and Richland counties, where tropical storm-strength winds are expected as early as late Thursday.

Impacts of Florence are likely to begin tomorrow.

Hurricane Helene is a category 2 storm but is expected to go out to sea with no threat to land. One out of every five South Carolinians, about 1 million in all, are in the evacuation zones covering eight counties.

Manning adds hundreds of troops are ready to deploy at a moments notice, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up operations at Fort AP Hill, in Virginia.

Gov. Henry McMaster says he's preparing the state for winds as powerful as Hurricane Hugo, which plowed inland almost 30 years ago and caused devastating damage. "But we're not going to gamble with the lives of the people of SC".

The first tropical storm force winds are expected in Wilmington sometime Wednesday. And if it comes this way, we're going to be in for one - a big storm. Rivers are high, and the storm will be moving slowly when it arrives, exacerbating the danger, Rossi told USA TODAY. Extremely risky hurricane-force winds could batter it Thursday into Friday.

"We've basically got everything we need. and we're just going to wait it out for a few days", he said.


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