Hurricane Florence has swollen to near category five status as it threatens the state of North Carolina on the United States' East Coast, captured in dramatic satellite videos released by U.S. government agencies.
SC governor Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of the entire 187-mile coastline of the Palmetto State, effective at noon on Tuesday, in anticipation of powerful Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast of the United States.
Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 480km ahead of its eye, swirling clouds that could deluge states from SC to OH and Pennsylvania as it slows and then stalls over land. And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.
Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday.
In South Carolina, traffic in all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia has been directed away from the coast, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.
Over a million people in the state of North Carolina have been issued with compulsory evacuation notices that come into effect on Tuesday.
Every big airline that flies to the region had enacted a flexible rebooking policy for flyers ticketed to airports likely to be in Florence's path.
Olivia, now a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, is forecast to weaken and approach Hawaii as a tropical storm Tuesday night into Wednesday.
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This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The European Space Agency's astronaut , the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare".
Rain totals may climb over 20 inches in parts of inland North Carolina and Virginia. Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Being prepared before hurricane impacts Eastern North Carolina can help keep you and your family safe. The eye of the storm is predicted to reach Davidson County by Saturday morning, having decreased in strength to a tropical depression with maximum wind speeds of 35 miles per hour.
Simpson said his office had already begun planning for the impact of the hurricane. That storm killed as many as 3,000 people and left the entire island without power for weeks and in some locations months.
A Category 4 hurricane has winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity.
Monday is the climatological peak date of hurricane season, the height of the eight-week period when the most powerful storms usually form, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. While that move allows carriers to charge last-minute business travelers high fares, a run on tickets ahead of an impending storm also could trigger a price surge.
"As of right now, as of the 11 o'clock advisory, we don't anticipate any significant issues from Hurricane Florence, " said Chatham Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Jones at a press conference Monday afternoon. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.
With a mandatory evacuation order in place, St. Joseph's/Candler will be closing all practices in SC. "I'd say get ready".
Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.