As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of North and South Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting tens of thousands of residents in coastal areas.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Florence twice Monday, saying the storm will continue to strengthen as it targets the Carolinas later this week.
It could be the most devastating to hit the region in three decades.
Swells up to 15 feet could batter the coast, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. And heavy rains could cause flooding inland for days after landfall.
“This is a real hurricane we have coming,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday. “We don’t want to risk one South Carolina life.“
A mandatory evacuation order takes effect Tuesday at noon in eight counties along South Carolina’s 187-mile coastline.