Carolinas, Virginia start evacuations as Hurricane Florence looms

The Carolinas and Virginia are bracing for Hurricane Florence, and coastal residents have begun evacuating today before the Category 4 hurricane makes an expected landfall later this week.

Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam ordered residents in low-lying areas along the coast and waterways to begin evacuating by 8 a.m. the Associated Press reported. Tomorrow 1,500 National Guard troops will be deployed around the state “because we expect the rains to spread hundreds of miles,” said Jeff Caldwell of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

According to NOAA, the path of the hurricane should hit the Carolinas and Virginia this week.

“People should follow the advice of local officials, shelter as recommended, stay tuned to the latest forecast and enact your hurricane plan now. Don’t wait,” Greg Postel, a hurricane expert at the Weather Channel, said. “This hurricane has the potential to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic wind damage and significant flooding when we expect it to make landfall between Thursday and Friday, and it may slow down inland and unload feet of water.”

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