Evacuations along Southeastern coast underway ahead of Florence

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

- As the Carolinas undertake a final full day of preparation ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall, it is still a risky, category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Florence intensified rapidly to a category 4 storm Monday with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour., tracking toward the North Carolina coast with an expected landfall as early as Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center is offering that warning on Tuesday morning as hurricane watches and storm surge watches were issued for the coasts of North Carolina and SC for the first time.

At noon Monday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for North Carolina's Hatteras Island.

In announcing his evacuation order, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend had already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, local media reported, and the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for part of the Potomac River.

The HuffPost reports‚ "televangelist Pat Robertson broke out a prayer that sounded more like a wizard's spell as he attempted to block the approach of Hurricane Florence".

Crystal Kirwan didn't see she had much choice as she got her family ready to leave their home Monday on the coast of North Carolina, with Category 4 Hurricane Florence threatening the state.

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. "North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too", Cooper said, urging residents to prepare for lengthy power outages after the hurricane comes.

"Well over a foot of rain over a large chunk of real estate in the Carolinas and they had above normal rainfall this year, so the ground is saturated", said Chandley.

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As of Tuesday, Florence was driving sustained winds up to 140 miles per hour. Schools, state government offices and medical facilities, including nursing homes in those counties, will be evacuated as well, McMaster said.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

Monday marks the average peak of the hurricane season in the Atlantic.

Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

Once they get to their destination the team will shelter in place until the storm passes. Ray Cooper said at a news conference Monday.

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

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

The storm will first pass over the North Atlantic Ocean, then pass between the island of Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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