Florence is expected to slow down, scrape along the coast of Carolina
The Category 4 hurricane, remains strong as it goes through with the approach of the US Mid-Atlantic region with maximum sustained winds of 130 km / h, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory.
With Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast, one of the largest districts along the coast of South Carolina will transport residents to neighboring counties, because the shelters might not be safe enough against a Category 4 storm.
Like most counties in South Carolina-Charleston County – with a population of almost 400,000 people – makes use of local schools as a shelter from the storms. But earlier this year, the Charleston County School District requested an evaluation of the facilities used during the hurricanes, finding the shelters may be used only for the storms identified in Category 3 or lower), the Charleston Post And Courier reported.
“The certain for the uncertain,” County Council President Vic Rawl told Fox News, the province previously entered into an intergovernmental agreement with neighboring Berkeley, Dorchester and Orangeburg Counties to use shelters, including a few established pet-friendly places – if needed.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Florence is a powerful Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of about 125 mph as it continued on its path toward the Carolinas Wednesday. To be a Category 3 hurricane, a storm must have sustained winds at or under 129 km / h. It is expected to upgrade again to a Category 4 on Thursday morning.
Charleston-bus system will round up residents who wish to stay in emergency shelters located in the adjoining provinces.
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Almost two million people in North and South Carolina and Virginia were warned to evacuate by Tuesday night as the hurricane watches and warnings extended over an area encompassing approximately 5.4 million inhabitants.
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With CARTA – Charleston’s mass transit system, the county helps residents get to emergency shelters, despite the distance, Rawl said. The bus system has a dedicated emergency route along which it can pick people up and transport them to a regional office building in North Charleston, close to the roads that lead to the other provinces. From there, the people will be transported to an open shelters, he said.
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While they don’t have to, residents can also have their vehicles in the shelters, which “should in general be used as a last resort,” according to the county’s hurricane preparedness guide.
A spokesman of Charleston County told Fox News extra buses on hand “in advance to the citizens further inland in the shelter if that is needed.”
As for the plans to renovate or upgrade of the schools in Charleston County in the future to be able to withstand a more powerful storm, the province’s spokesperson pointed to the school district. A Charleston County School District representative does not return Fox News’ request for comment by Wednesday afternoon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.