Hurricane Florence Getting Bigger and StrongerMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 11 2018 2:31 PM
RNN: People along the Carolinas coastline are bracing for a major hurricane heading their way later this week, and more than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center says Florence is becoming better organized and increasing in size.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday joined the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in declaring states of emergency.
Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday. Many major roads and arteries from coastal areas have reversed traffic flow to help those evacuate quickly.
Located about 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, NC, Hurricane Florence was packing maximum-sustained winds of 130 mph and moving to the west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported.
Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 60 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 170 miles from the center of the storm.