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This one is different: Mass evacuation in U.S. over 'monster' hurricane

This one is different: Mass evacuation in U.S. over 'monster' hurricane

Officials in SC prepared to reverse lanes on major roadways to speed the evacuation of the coast. Some areas had almost 60 inches of rain.

Goldstein says the team should arrive in SC by dinnertime.

As of Tuesday morning, close to 1.5 million people were under evacuation orders in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC ahead of the Category 4 hurricane, which frees up help from federal agencies.

Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the SC coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.

The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 miles per hour in the morning but was expected to re-intensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Similar evacuations are happening all the way up to Virginia, where the governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents of some low-lying coastal areas.

"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage, there will be homes damaged, there will be debris on the roads - this will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", announced Jeffrey Byard, Response and Recovery administrator for FEMA.

Until yesterday, Cline said, the hurricane had been traveling through a pressure trough that generated a lot of shear - essentially, winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere traveling at different speeds than winds at lower levels.

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"That's the million dollar question and, right now, we just don't have an answer to it", he said. He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

This change in track can be discerned from the ensemble forecast from the European model initialized at 8am Monday (12:00 UTC) on the left in the image below, and the European model initialized at 8pm Tuesday (00:00 UTC Wednesday).

The hazards are likely to extend far from the coast, Cline said.

"The state and (Gov. Hogan) cleared the Maryland team to depart ... no longer needed for concern in Maryland", Goldstein said. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday. As the storm approaches, officials may decide to evacuate more zones.

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated. Hurricanes Dean and Felix hit Quintana Roo, Mexico; and Nicaragua, respectively, at Category 5 strength in 2007. And out here we're so fragile. Gen. Van McCarty, Assistant Adjutant General for SC.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

Fran left 26 people dead, including 14 in North Carolina, mostly from accidents caused by fallen trees.

The CBS News weather producer said: "The main factor that everybody really needs to be deadly serious about on this one is the storm surge threat".


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