Gov. McMaster orders mandatory evacuations for SC coastal counties, reverses lanes

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But, as is the case with all hurricanes, Florence has undergone some changes.

In North Carolina The National Guard has already been activated.

McMaster previously issued a mandatory medical evacuation of 177 hospitals and medical facilities, including nursing homes, in the eight coastal counties.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of North and SC have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting tens of thousands of residents in coastal areas.

USA 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon Tuesday, but officials will wait to make an order at that time. "The winds on this one are predicted to be more powerful than the ones from Hugo".

A Category 4 hurricane has winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity.

Kevin Orth loads sandbags into cars on Milford Street as he helps residents prepare for Hurricane Florence on Monday in Charleston, S.C. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has not announced any road blocks ahead of Hurricane Florence as of Monday afternoon.

"Currently, the bulk of the rain is forecast to occur across eastern North Carolina and some places over 10 inches but if the track slows down or is just to the left then those high rain totals could cover a large portion of southeastern North Carolina versus staying to our north", said Pfaff.

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Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.

"Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two", the NHC said, but it noted that the storm will likely weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. "Some computer models keep the storm just offshore though, which would lessen the local impact".

That's a reference to the infamous storm that came ashore just north of Charleston, late September 1989 as a category three system - killing almost three dozen SC residents and doing an estimated $10 billion worth of damage.

More than a million people in the southeast United States faced mandatory evacuation orders. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated.

"There is an increasing risk of coastal storm surge flooding and freshwater flooding from heavy prolonged rain when the hurricane approaches the US", said a NOAA tweet.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. Several said a decision on whether to cancel classes later this week could be made late Monday or Tuesday. He cautioned residents to closely monitor Hurricane Florence.

"We want to make sure that we get the best data going to the National Hurricane Center. and to emergency managers and to the media so we can get people out of the way", Flaherty said.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.

. Meanwhile, UNC, North Carolina State and Wake Forest all issued statements saying they were monitoring the storm, with N.C. State and UNC noting they were also consulting with regional authorities. "We have already started to mobilize our resources to respond accordingly", he writes.