Prayers are needed for the East Coast. Hurricane Florence, which is now a Category 4 hurricane and threatening to get even more dangerous, is on its path toward the East Coast with sustained winds of almost 130 mph, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said on Monday.
An evacuation has already been ordered for South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster made the announcement on Monday, ordering a mandatory evacuation of the state’s entire 187-mile coastline beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET Tuesday.
“This is a real hurricane we have coming,” McMaster said. “We don’t want to risk one South Carolina life.”
The mandatory evacuation order extends to eight counties along South Carolina’s coast. Those counties are: Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Ory counties.
Medical facilities, including nursing homes in those evacuation zones, will be evacuated as well, McMaster said. According to McMaster, an estimated one million people will be evacuated.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday that President Trump will be briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long about the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence.
Sanders said the White House has been in contact with governors' offices and local authorities from states and territories, including the US Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. She added that the “lines of communication remain open.”
She also urged residents in states where the hurricane by land to follow directives from local officials.
"These tropical storms and hurricanes are very dangerous and we encourage anyone in the path to heed the warnings of state and local officials who have the expertise and knowledge of their communities to provide the best on-ground information."
Residents along the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts have been warned to prepare for a major hurricane landfall and to have an evacuation plan. Florence could become a Category 5 hurricane between Tuesday and Wednesday before making landfall on Thursday. The official Hurricane Center forecast suggests its peak winds could reach 150 mph, just 7 mph below Category 5.
If Florence makes landfall as a Category 4 in North Carolina, it will be the strongest storm to come ashore that far north on record. The most recent Category 4 hurricane to make landfall along the East Coast of the U.S. was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. If Florence becomes a Category 5, it’ll be the first on record in this region, the Washington Post reported.
Please pray for everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence. May God guide and protect them as they take cover from the storm. In other news, prayers are needed for a family in Virginia after an AMBER alert had a tragic ending.