Carolina residents rush for gas as powerful hurricane advances

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

SC has ordered the mandatory evacuation of its entire coast, and evacuations were also ordered for several North Carolina towns, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence continues her aggressive pursuit towards the states.

Bringing a devastating storm surge, powerful winds and catastrophic flooding, governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are urging residents to prepare.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over the road.

On Monday night, Cooper said North Carolina has been granted a Federal Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Florence which will speed federal aid to our state.

Swells from the storm are already reaching Bermuda and parts of the US coast.

With "monumental" rainfall totals of up to 40 inches possible, "the rain from Florence may break all-time state records for rainfall from a hurricane or tropical storm", Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said.

Some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks - barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina - and in some seaside coastal towns, as more than 110,000 power outages were reported statewide.

In South Carolina, McMaster's evacuation orders affect about 1 million residents and tourists across eight low-lying counties.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.

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"As a result, people from southeastern Virginia to southern New Jersey could have damaging winds and significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina".

As Paul Flaherty flew over Hurricane Florence, he didn't like what he was seeing. People were told to prepare to evacuate communities up and down a stretch of coastline already identified as particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

Not only has the storm exploded in intensity, but its zone of hurricane-force winds approximately doubled in size Monday.

"It's really hard to speculate this far out, since there's still significant uncertainty in the track", Sara Orsi, spokeswoman for flight-tracking service FlightAware, said about how Florence might impact flights after landfall.

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.

Friday Cooper declared a State of Emergency. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

Hurricane Florence is likely to strengthen to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the USA where 1.7 million people have been warned to get out of the way.

It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds". The storm is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour.

"We've basically got everything we need. and we're just going to wait it out for a few days", he said. As of mid-day on Monday, Florence was located more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving to the west.

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