Mandatory Evacuation In USA As Hurricane Nears

James Marshall
September 13, 2018

Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR said the administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Southeast U.S. coast.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs, and a pet bird.

"Today's the day", he said.

The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.

Meteorology director Jeff Masters at the private Weather Underground says Florence will come "roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland'".

Waves 83 feet high were measured near the eye of Florence, according to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told CNN on Wednesday that the almost 135,000 residents of his historic coastal city should leave now before the storm arrives later in the week. He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.

The National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence "will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast".

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. advisory on Wednesday, September 12, Florence was located at 29.8 N and 71.3 W, about 485 miles (785 km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 520 miles (840 km) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina. The latest from hurricane reconnaissance states the storm is maintaining its strength. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane.

Since Tuesday, the hurricane grew in speed and is now moving at 17 miles per hour. Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday. After making landfall, the storm will slow and dump incredible amounts of rainfall and could produce catastrophic flooding.

But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday.

States of emergency have already been declared by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation's capital; requested by Virginia's governor; and approved by President Donald Trump for North and SC on Monday.

Coastal residents along the Carolinas encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared its coast with winds and drenching rain that could last for days. The mayor of Washington, DC also has declared a state of emergency as the nation's capital prepares for heavy rains, flooding and power outages related to Hurricane Florence.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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