Hurricane Florence prompts mass evacuations in Virginia, Carolinas

Morning tidal flooding left King and Union streets underwater Monday in Alexandria. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Authorities in the Carolinas and Virginia ordered 1.5 million people to evacuate coastal areas as Hurricane Florence intensified to become a potentially disastrous Category 4 storm with top sustained winds near 140 miles per hour with stronger gusts. “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane,” Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina said on Monday as he ordered more than a million people to evacuate eight coastal counties and head inland. The storm was still 1,000 miles southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., early Tuesday, but the region is bracing for it to make landfall, most likely somewhere in the Carolinas, on Thursday or Friday, threatening to do widespread damage with high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge. “We’re in the bull’s-eye,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

[The New York Times, The Washington Post]
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