Florence causes N Carolina schools to cancel classes, events

Florence causes N Carolina schools to cancel classes, events

Florence causes N Carolina schools to cancel classes, events

"We just don't know what's going to happen and we have no control over that". Lanes traveling on I-26 between Charleston and Columbia will all travel away from Charleston toward Columbia.

Horry County will have two four-lane reversals along US 501 - from S.C. 544 to USA 378, and between S.C. 22 and S.C. 576 near Marion County. North Carolina State, University of North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington have all suspended classes, with UNC-Wilmington evacuating its coastline campus by noon Tuesday. Extremely risky hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday.

She said the city had received numerous phone calls about shelters opening, but she said those were a function of Craven County government, which had already declared a state of emergency.

Computer-model forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a Category 4 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs.

The Dare County Commission ordered evacuations of Hatteras Island, also part of the Outer Banks, on Monday and Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. ET Monday, the center of Florence was located about 1,170 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina, and was moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph. It could potentially become the "Harvey of the East Coast".

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane - Hazel, with 130mph winds, in 1954.

"It's really hard to speculate this far out, since there's still significant uncertainty in the track", Sara Orsi, spokeswoman for flight-tracking service FlightAware, said about how Florence might impact flights after landfall.

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Hurricane watches and storm surge watches are expected to be issued Tuesday morning ahead of the arrival of Florence.

My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years. "This could result in significant river flooding across portions of the state into next week".

The 1st effects were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway. The S.C. National Guard also can be deployed during an emergency. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration. The current projected path takes Florence toward the USA coast, and has her making landfall in North Carolina in the afternoon on Thursday, September 13. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., head of the National Guard.

"First of all it's important to get the notion across to the team that they can't worry or assume anything", Hokies coach Justin Fuente said.

"If the hurricane miraculously, overnight, decides to go somewhere else, we can take corrective action", he said, saying it was easier to "stand down" state resources than have them "stand up" at a moment's notice.

All evacuation routes and zones are detailed in the 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide.

South Carolina Emergency Management will open their emergency shelters on Tuesday based on need.

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