Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

The storm is expected to slowly move inland, battering much of the United States coast for days.

The Category 4 storm was expected to start hitting the North and SC coasts sometime Thursday or Friday, and should make landfall near Wilmington, N.C., early Saturday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

In North Carolina, an estimated 40 out of 130 hospitals are in the storm's path, reports USA Today, while mandatory evacuations for South Carolina's coastal areas means that 177 hospitals, nursing homes and medical facilities have been tasked with moving as many patients as possible to safer parts of the state.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

It is expected to make landfall this evening and wind destruction and flooding is highly likely.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded. But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.


Hurricane Florence has developed into a major storm over extremely warm water, Ginis said.

Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, is prone to flooding.

The state has set up the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund at rebuild.nc.gov to accept hurricane relief donations, Cooper said.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene. "As they move in with us and seek to experience a better life, we want to make sure that when things are at their worst, that they're taken care of".

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington. Yesterday officials in Beaufort County, home to Hilton Head Island, held a news conference and urged people to leave voluntarily. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate.

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