On Monday, September 10, authorities in North Carolina issued mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Dare county as Hurricane Florence continues to move towards the Carolinas. According to Dare Country Emergency Management, a mandatory evacuation order will be in effect for Hatteras Island starting at 12:00 (local time) on Monday. A mandatory evacuation order for the rest of Dare county (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, and Roanoke Island) will be in effect starting at 07:00 on Tuesday, September 11.
As of 11:00 on Monday, Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm (on the Saffir-Simpson scale), was located approximately 2000 km (1240 mi) east-southeast of Cape Fear, with sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph) and gusts of up to 225 km/h (140 mph). Florence is currently moving northwest at 20 km/h (13 mph) and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas overnight on September 13-14.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the largest concentration of storms typically occurring between August and October.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate strong winds and heavy rain (and associated disruptions), and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (including evacuation orders). Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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