SC athletics issues statement on current Hurricane Florence situation

Blanche Robertson
September 11, 2018

It is expected to remain an extremely unsafe hurricane through Thursday as it approaches the coast of the Carolinas.

Hurricane Florence is gearing up to pound the eastern US coastline as it racks up maximum winds of 220 km/h, making it an "extremely dangerous" storm system which strength is only expected to grow.

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Storm surge and freshwater flooding from rainfall could become life-threatening risks, especially from SC through the mid-Atlantic.

North Carolina officials on Monday ordered residents to evacuate the state's Outer Banks barrier islands beginning on Monday ahead of Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane to threaten the eastern United States this year. The move will allow the state to use the National Guard for preparations and recovery if necessary.

"We are in the bull's-eye", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

The storm may affect thousands this week in the southeastern US, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

President Donald Trump on Monday urged "the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast" to "take all necessary precautions" as the storm approaches.

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"Probably worst case scenario is next weekend, maybe Saturday and Sunday, we get some remnants of it, but it's really hard to say", says Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in MA", who refers to what's coming our way as at best "a minimal impact". Florence was upgraded twice Monday to a Category 4.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", warning of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages". The storm is expected to bring 15 to 30 inches of rain.

On Sunday, Florence reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". The forecast continues to call for Florence to slam ashore as a major - Category 3 or stronger - storm before weakening slightly, but still as hurricane, as it heads inland.

HOLDEN BEACH: South Carolina on Monday ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast as the state and neighboring North Carolina brace for a hit from Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to take aim at the U.S. mainland this year.

Officials in North Carolina have already issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal Dare County and Hatteras Island. By Monday, the storm should turn west-northwest and accelerate towards the coast.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west toward the Caribbean.

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