Mass Evacuation Ordered in The US Because of an Expected Monstrous Storm
As a precautionary measure, more than one million people have been asked to evacuate the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The order came out because of an expected arrival of Hurricane Florence in the southern East Coast of the country. The storm has already picked up a sustained speed of 140 MPH which is almost Category 5 strength.
Considering the intensity of the Florence, Authorities have also warned the people about the potential of the Hurricane to cause heavy rain and pervasive flooding throughout many states. According to CNN Meteorologist, Michael Guy, it has been estimated that the Tropical storm force winds will reach the coasts of Carolina late around Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
The National Hurricane Center has stated that “Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.” The director of NHC, Ken Graham has also warned of tremendous amounts of rain, capable of reaching hundreds of miles, causing severe flooding. He further added that while the rain could be between 25 cm to 38 cm in the most affected areas, it can be even more in case the storm stays over land for longer.
On the other hand, the emergency operations chief of Virginia, Jeffrey Stern, told reporters that people should be prepared for what is going to be something that Virginia has never experienced in its lifetimes.
In a news conference, the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, stated that his state is in “the bull’s eye”. An emergency has been declared by the authorities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia.
The US president, Donald Trump, has canceled a political rally which was planned for Friday in Mississippi. The president said in a Twitter message that he has spoken to the Governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia and that, the federal government is there to support the state and its people.
The US Military said that they have sent an advance team to North Carolina to assist the state and local authorities as the need arises. It has been said that around 750 would be deployed to provide assistance. Also, The US Navy is sending around 30 ships from its coastal Virginia to ride out the hurricane.
Considering the forecast made by authorities based on various weather reports, the impending storm is going to be the biggest in the Carolinas in the last 60 years.
We pray for the people in the danger zones and hope the states revive from the hit as soon as possible.