As Hurricane Florence bears down on the east coast, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a mandatory evacuation order of the state's barrier islands.
"Don't wait until it is too late. It could put your lives and lives of emergency responders in danger."
Roy Cooper’s message to residents ahead of Hurricane Florence:
"We know this storm surge is going to be significant. People need to leave now before they can't. People are doing a pretty good job currently.
We want to make sure people understand that people should not ride Hurricane Florence out.
North Carolinians are strong, and we are resilient. We will get through this. We’ve weathered tough hurricanes before, and we will do it again...
Be prepared for lots of rain and wind. Utilities say to expect to lose power for several days."
.@NC_Governor Roy Cooper’s message to residents ahead of Hurricane Florence:— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 11, 2018
“North Carolinians are strong, and we are resilient. We will get through this. We’ve weathered tough hurricanes before, and we will do it again” #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/JEgfWkHFl3
North Carolina Emergency Services also warned..."Hurricane #Florence will impact every one of you. It is a dangerous, life threatening, historic storm."
#Florence is likely to cause damaging hurricane-force winds along parts of the— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018
coasts of South & North Carolina, & a Hurricane Watch is in effect for some of this area. Damaging winds could also spread well inland into portions of the Carolinas & Virginia https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/DzNeyuPLYV
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Edisto Beach SC to the North Carolina-Virginia border including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area by late Thursday or Thursday night, with tropical storm conditions possible by Thursday morning pic.twitter.com/sKojWXAYdB— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) September 11, 2018