In South Carolina, McMaster’s evacuation orders affect about 1 million residents and tourists across eight low-lying counties.
The storm’s first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway – the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.
Mass evacuations were ordered along the U.S. Atlantic Coast as Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm and the most powerful to menace the region in almost three decades, barreled toward the region on Tuesday.
Hurricane Florence is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make a risky impact once it makes landfall along the coast of the southeast US later this week.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s office predicted “catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages”, cautioning that the deadliest risk would come from flooding.
Forecasts expect 10 to 15 inches (25-38 cm) of rain in the hardest-hit areas, possibly more if the storm stalls over land, as expected, Graham said. It’s estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence’s arrival.
The National Hurricane Center says the storm is gathering power as it moves towards land, and “is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane” by Thursday.
Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.
Hurricanes Isaac, which could hit Caribbean islands, and Helene, much farther out to sea, lined up behind Florence as the 2018 Atlantic season reached its peak.
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Because Hurricane Florence is so unbelievably massive, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the monstrous storm from space.
The Governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm.
In addition to Marshall’s game with South Carolina, West Virginia is also scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. contest with N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. on Saturday.
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Since 1851, only one hurricane has brought sustained Category-4 winds to North Carolina: Hurricane Hazel in 1954, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.
Last year, the United States was hit by three major hurricanes.
The town of Bluffton said McMaster’s order includes the evacuation and closing of hospitals and nursing home facilities. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.
“I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence”, Deal said.
As that storm pounded the Sunshine State, CNN talked to four locals in the Florida Keys who didn’t heed warnings, with one saying, “I’m prepared for the worst but hoping for the best”, and MSNBC’s live on-site weather report from Miami Beach was interrupted by a kite surfer riding hurricane-charged waves.
In Virginia, mandatory evacuations began Tuesday morning for about 245,000 residents in a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore area. “There is no way to be completely safe”.