Evacuation of South Carolina coastline ordered ahead of Hurricane Florence

Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

More than a million people were ordered Monday to evacuate the path of Hurricane Florence as the powerful Category 4 storm packing winds of 140 miles (220 kilometers) per hour bore down on the East Coast of the United States. In a tweet, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted that "residents in all coastal evacuation zones in all counties must evacuate beginning at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, 2018".

"This is a serious storm and it's going to effect the entire state", Northam told a news conference. "This helps everyone find vital information more easily".

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore.

People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned. "[That storm] tracked just west of D.C. and had major impacts on the area", Pallozzi says.

Storm surge could be as high as 6 to 12 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout on North Carolina's southeast coast.

SC has ordered the mandatory evacuation of its entire coast, and evacuations were also ordered for several North Carolina towns, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence continues her aggressive pursuit towards the states.

Two other storms are spinning in the Atlantic.

Florence is "rapidly strengthening", with maximum sustained winds increasing to 170km/h, making it a category 2 storm, the second-weakest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will likely experience the brunt of the storm, with a possibility of up to 40 inches of rain, in addition to hurricane winds.

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There's a clear difference between "State of Emergency" and "Federal Disaster Declaration", but what does it mean for North Carolina? The Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane of 1933 is the only major storm that has tracked along Florence's path and ended up in the Carolinas, according to AccuWeather.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's office said Florence is already being felt along the state's coast, with large sea swells resulting in life-threatening rip currents and surf.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

"I've been doing this since 1983", Roberts said as he completed an order for another 18-wheeler full of supplies.

U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration was harshly criticized as being slow to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

During a typical Atlantic hurricane season, the bulk of hurricanes are steered by a high-pressure system that sits around Bermuda.

Virginia's emergency operations chief, Jeffrey Stern, told reporters that residents should brace for "something that no one in Virginia has experienced in their lifetimes".

SHAPIRO: Wilmington, N.C., is now in Florence's path.

The last Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas was Hugo, which barreled into Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989.

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