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Hurricane Florence is churning towards the US east coast, prompting authorities to order more than one million people to evacuate the path of the extremely dangerous storm forecasters said could soon intensify.
Residents scrambled to flee as the Category 4 storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour, approached.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state’s eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the storm’s predicted arrival on Thursday. Schools in 26 of the state’s 46 counties were to close from Tuesday.
The governor of neighbouring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.