Here’s when Horry County Schools will close ahead of Hurricane Florence

Minnie Murray
September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a category 4 Hurricane Monday morning and it continues to build in size, strength and speed, says the National Hurricane Center. "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".

Carrying winds of up to 220 km/h as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm on Tuesday.

Florence would reach Category 5 with sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or greater. "Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

"All the rainfall we're going to have, plus you talk about the wind - that means a lot of trees coming down, it's a lot of power outages, a lot of impacts with this system", NHC director Ken Graham said on Tuesday.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters. He estimated that about 1 million people will be affected by the order, including residents and visitors. "This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living in that zone".

The US Navy said it was preparing to send about 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea. Residents in certain areas of both states have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

Added to this Florence is likely to slow down as she moves inland through Friday and the weekend bringing a "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event", according to the key message from the NHC.

This storm is lined up behind Florence in the Atlantic.

Since noon Sunday, a Lowe's in Lumberton, North Carolina has been sold out of generators, store manager Mackie Singletary said.

In Charleston, South Carolina, people filled sandbags and stocked up on food.

A satellite image provided by the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Florence churning southeast of the Eastern Seaboard early on the morning of September 11, 2018. The storm is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has also ordered a mandatory evacuation of students while the governor of Virginia has asked residents of low-lying coastal areas to leave. In Maryland, where some coastal areas are still recovering from weather, Gov. Larry Hogan said flooding could be catastrophic if it hits the state.

"That's good news and bad news", he said.

"Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

Just had calls with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the incoming storm. "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence".

This morning, NOAA tweeted a video from the GOES-East weather satellite, also known as GOES-16, showing the storm's eye churning through the Atlantic.

"Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal", the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m.

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