South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state’s entire 187-mile coastline beginning at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday.
“This is a real hurricane we have coming,” McMaster said. “We don’t want to risk one South Carolina life.”
A mandatory evacuation
More than a million people were ordered to evacuate the path of Hurricane Florence on Monday as it rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane as it closed in on North and South Carolina.
South Carolina ordered the state’s entire coastline, which includes an estimated one million residents, to leave their homes ahead of the powerful storm’s arrival on Thursday.
Neighboring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of some 250,000 residents on the Outer Banks and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in both Virginia and Maryland.
Florence has winds of 130 miles per hour and is due to gain strength before making landfall early Thursday, bringing heavy rain that could cause severe flooding through the region.
‘Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,’ the National Hurricane Center said.