Last Update 23:9
Sunday, 23 September 2018

South Carolina orders 1 million to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence

Reuters , Monday 10 Sep 2018
Hurricane Florence is expected to become a dangerous "major hurricane" by late Monday as it heads to
Hurricane Florence is expected to become a dangerous "major hurricane" by late Monday as it heads toward the US East Coast (AFP)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1113
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1113

South Carolina on Monday ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast as the state and neighboring North Carolina brace for a hit from Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to take aim at the U.S. mainland this year.

The storm had winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) and was due to gain strength before making landfall, which the U.S. National Hurricane Center said was likely to occur early Thursday, bringing heavy rain that could cause severe flooding through the region.

"We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane," Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference.

He estimated about 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

In North Carolina, officials already had ordered some 250,000 residents and visitors to begin evacuating the Outer Banks barrier islands.

"We are in the bull's eye," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference. "This is going to be a statewide event."

By 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) on Monday, Florence was about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and was a Category 4, the second-strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the NHC said.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.