Mandatory Evacuations Begin In Advance Of Florence

The Weather Channel reports:

As Hurricane Florence’s threat to the Carolinas and Virginia became clearer, authorities and residents ramped up storm preparations Monday – including the first mandatory evacuations. Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, all residents and visitors on Hatteras Island were ordered to evacuate starting at noon Monday, according to Dare County Emergency Management. The state’s barrier islands are expected to see severe impacts from the major hurricane.

“During extreme events, even those areas which normally do not flood are at risk,” said the National Weather Service in a Monday morning statement. In a Monday morning press briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper said some 200 National Guard members have been activated, with many more available, and a formal request for a disaster declaration from President Donald Trump had been filed.

State of emergency declarations have been issued by the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.