Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

  • Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

'This storm is a monster.

After declaring compulsory evacuations on Tuesday, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, said: "This storm is nothing like you've ever seen".

Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized.

Florence is bearing down with such strength that forecasters say she may literally reshape the Carolina coastline. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.

Additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

At the time of this writing, Florence is moving toward the eastern U.S. at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) with a decrease in forward speed.

As Florence closed in for the worst strike on the area in decades, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it is too late. In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said the government "got A Pluses" for storm recovery in Texas and Florida and "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico". I believe that was a Category 1 storm when it hit Charlotte.

Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country.

The shift in the projected track spread concern to areas that once thought they were relatively safe. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome. There are now fewer tourists to send away.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached. Even once the prison was evacuated, many of its inmates spent months behind bars for minor crimes and traffic offenses while waiting for courts to reopen and hear their cases.

The Atlantic hurricane was downgraded from a category 4 to a category 2 storm, but is still packing 110mph winds. SC announced the decision on Wednesday. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, officials left almost 4,500 prisoners inside facilities during Hurricane Irma in 2017, even though multiple prison facilities in that county were demolished by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are preparing for the worst.

Eight dogs and 18 cats from a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, were sent to two shelters in Washington to make room for pets expected to be displaced by the hurricane.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. Evacuees also loaded up their vehicles with extra gas cans, their pets - mostly dogs, and one cockatoo - coolers filled with sandwich meat, family photographs and blankets.

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