East Coast Braces for Hurricane Florence
The Carolinas and Virginia in storm’s path
Hurricane Florence jumped quickly to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.
Forecasters now have the potentially catastrophic storm making a direct hit on the South Carolina coast but multiple states are bracing for what is being called an “extremely dangerous” hurricane.
Evacuations have begun on North Carolina’s barrier islands, and a state of emergency has been declared by the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Dangerous rip currents and seawater flowing over barrier island highways were reported Monday morning.
The center of the storm will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and by Thursday it will be approaching the Carolina coasts, the National Hurricane Center said.
Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has asked President Trump for a federal emergency declaration. He has told the residents of his state, “Make your plans now. You have to get your medicines ready to go…make sure you lock things up because you may not be coming home for several days.” He added, “Pretend, presume and assume that a major hurricane is going to hit smack dab in the middle of South Carolina.”
Although no comments have come directly from President Trump at this time, the White House has said he is canceling a visit to Mississippi on Friday in order to keep watch over the storm.
- For the response of disaster relief agencies in the local, state and federal levels.
- For the people who will be in the face of the storm to have all of their preparations completed, and evacuate if told to do so