SC's Price-Gouging Law Now in Effect Ahead of Florence

Satellite image of Florence in the Atlantic Ocean taken on Sept. 9

Henry McMaster, governor of SC, warned the United States should be braced for the hurricane to hit. Not long after, a Hurricane Hunter flight measured sustained winds near 130 miles per hour, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue a rare special advisory, upgrading the storm to Category 4. He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and vast rainfall flooding may take hold of the area. It's now about 575 miles southeast of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an 12 p.m. "Please take all necessary precautions", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's entire 187-mile coastline at noon on Tuesday.

"Over the next day or so, the situation will become clearer and we'll communicate plans as they develop", Moneta wrote.

The current track has the storm making landfall along the Carolinas sometime Thursday night as a major hurricane.

There have been 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic at least 3 times in the last 9 years so this is not unprecedented.

Neighboring Dare County - where much of the staff that looks after the herd lives - and other coastal counties along the coast issued evacuation orders for all residents and tourists.

"We believe that it is safer to shelter in place, since the majority of the rescue horses are still very newly tamed, not used to being stalled, and not used to being trailered", the CWHF said.

The NHC said Florence is 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

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Hurricane Isaac has seriously weakened recently due to the wind shear in the Atlantic. The forecast continues to call for Florence to slam ashore as a major - Category 3 or stronger - storm before weakening slightly, but still as hurricane, as it heads inland. Emergency officials say they're keeping a close eye on the forecast and where to move resources to respond to the storm.

Virginia's emergency operations chief, Jeffrey Stern, told reporters that residents should brace for "something that no one in Virginia has experienced in their lifetimes".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's office said Florence is already being felt along the state's coast, with large sea swells resulting in life-threatening rip currents and surf.

At a hardware store in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, store manager John Johnson said the rush on batteries, flashlights, plastic tarps and sandbags began Friday.

Gov. Rick Scott released a statement on Monday urging Floridians to be prepared for the unexpected and remain on alert about Hurricane Florence.

The US Navy said it was preparing to send about 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea.

It is hard to imagine the kind of destruction a cat 4 hurricane can create at landfall.

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