Hurricane Florence forces more than 1 million people to flee

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The US East Coast is preparing Tuesday for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, classified category 4, including the evacuation of one million people in South Carolina.

Evacuations in this state should begin as of noon Tuesday. About one million people are expected to flee the entire coastline, according to the state governor, who issued the evacuation order on Monday.

Nearly 250,000 people are expected to leave low-elevation coastal areas in Virginia at 8 am, the governor of the state said on Monday.

North Carolina had already begun Monday to evacuate some 250,000 residents and tourists staying in the Outer Banks area, a thin strip of land forming a barrier along the coast.

Hurricane Florence, which was raised to Category 4 on Monday, was approaching North Carolina and South Carolina, bringing winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour and rains that could wreak havoc later. this week on a large portion of the eastern United States.

The hurricane’s energy from hot water could, however, further increase the speed of its winds, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), which is considering the possibility of a major disaster. “Florence is growing in size and power,” he warned.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Monday night that Florence “will cause a potentially lethal sea level rise, inland floods and destructive winds in the air. [two states of] Carolina and Virginia.

For the time being, four states have declared a state of emergency: the two Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland.

Monday night, Florence was 1880 kilometers east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. NHC expects the hurricane center will approach the coast of North Carolina or South Thursday.

The first effects of the storm were already visible on the barrier islands, dangerous currents returning to the beaches and sea water flowing down a highway.

Florence, followed by Helene and Isaac

Two other hurricanes follow Florence in the Atlantic.

Helene, whose winds reached 165 km / h Monday (category 2), should strengthen until Tuesday evening going to the northwest, then gradually lose force.

Isaac, described as a “hurricane” by the NHC, whose latest forecasts gave him maximum winds of 120 km / h, meanwhile he is heading to the Lesser Antilles, a region that is still recovering from the damage done last year by the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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