SC has ordered the mandatory evacuation of its entire coast, and evacuations were also ordered for several North Carolina towns, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence continues her aggressive pursuit towards the states. The National Hurricane Center is now expecting the center of the storm to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes", Cooper said Monday, at least partially alluding to the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Carolinas as a category 1 storm in October 2016 killing 34 in the U.S., after cutting a vicious path across the Caribbean, killing more than 1,000 in Haiti.
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And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats, and raising the likelihood of life-threatening freshwater flooding.
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The Pentagon said Monday it has sent an advance military team to an emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners.
In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, longtime residents were boarding up homes and securing possessions.
"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore". The hurricane is registering maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.
North Carolina has ordered the evacuation of more than 50,000 people. "So we don't want anyone comparing storms".
Almost 30 ships were preparing to depart early yesterday. He said the storm surge could reach as high as 10ft (3m) and estimated that one million residents would be leaving the coast.
On Monday afternoon, nurse Barbara Mack was using a small shovel to fill sandbags at a public works facility in Charleston - but she saw a silver lining in the hurricane preparations.
"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too", said Governor Cooper.