SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of U.S. dollars.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

Forecasters said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 225 km/h to 175 km/h, reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

"As soon as we get any type of notice", he said, "we start contacting families".

The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

"We are on the wrong side of this storm where most of the damage is done", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a Wednesday briefing on the storm.

Two other tropical storms - Isaac and Olivia - have also been in the vicinity this week, with the National Weather Service estimating that some 10.15 million people lived in areas under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

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Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

Groups of courageous storm troopers could be seen enjoying the many empty beaches across SC.

As Florence churned across the Atlantic packing winds of 205km/h, President Donald Trump and state officials stepped up appeals to residents in the path of the monster storm to evacuate before it is too late. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA. "It's going to happen".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.

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