More than 1.5 million ordered to evacuate as Florence barrels down on Carolina coast

Source: source | September 11, 2018 | Tal Axelrod

Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence’s expected landfall near the Carolinas.

The Category 4 storm is expected to grow stronger before it hits southeastern North Carolina. It is expected to reach land on Thursday.

The hurricane currently brings winds of up to 140 miles per hour and is expected to be the strongest storm the Carolinas have seen in nearly 30 years, according to Reuters.

Governors have already taken precautions. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered all residents along the coastline to begin evacuating at noon Tuesday and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam have ordered evacuations for residents in low-lying areas near the coast.

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The governors of Virginia and Maryland also declared states of emergency in their states.

Some fear that the storm will move slowly, impacting potentially less prepared inland areas.

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