United States: Million people asked to evacuate as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Over a million people have been ordered to evacuate in three U.S. states beginning Monday ahead of Hurricane Dorian, a slow-moving Category 4 which is wreaking havoc in Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian is the second most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began, with maximum sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour when it made landfall Sunday afternoon.

It now is moving westwards, towards the U.S. east coast as per the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

It’s likely to remain a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches the continental U.S., but is still “extremely dangerous,” the NHC said.

A hurricane watch was issued for Florida’s east coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Volusia and Brevard county line. Officials in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared states of emergency ahead of Dorian.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp both issued mandatory evacuation orders to take effect at noon local time Monday. McMaster also ordered schools and state government offices in eight countries to close starting Tuesday until further notice.

The South Carolina evacuation order covers approximately 830,000 people living in eight coastal countries. In Georgia, around 300,000 people living east of Interstate have been told to evacuate.

Authorities in Florida have also ordered mandatory evacuations in some vulnerable coastal areas. On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents along the state’s Atlantic coast that “we’re not out of the woods yet.”

Source : Various