SC prisoners evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, SCDC says

SC prisoners evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, SCDC says

People fleeing North and SC clogged coastal highways early Wednesday as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm, bore down on the USA east coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

Hurricane force winds can be expected up to 70-miles from the center of the storm, and tropical storm force winds can reach up to 175-miles.

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.

To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

Dozens of airmen are assembling at a New York Air National Guard base on Long Island to prepare for deployment to southern states in the path of Hurricane Florence. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25-30 years, maybe ever", President Trump said while appearing with FEMA officials in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

A long stretch of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard remained vulnerable to hurricane and tropical storm conditions, from Georgia north through the Carolinas into Virginia.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

Speaking about the Wilmington area and its surrounding beaches in North Carolina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official said the inland flooding threat was "extreme". "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still risky Category 3 hurricane.

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"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways early Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.

The dead included a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"I rode out Hugo", Miller said of a 1989 hurricane that caused widespread damage.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore.

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

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