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Days ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, governors from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are already preparing for the worst. Just last week, states of emergency were declared in all there states. On Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for the state’s entire coastline, effective at noon on Tuesday. This order is in effect for about 1 million residents. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 U.S. 501 into Myrtle Beach are now reversed, as of 11am Tuesday, meaning that all lanes will be open to evacuees to make the process to head further inland quicker. Since the track of the storm has become more certain, the evacuation order was lifted Tuesday morning for Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties. Since many of the schools in South Carolina serve as hurricane shelters, schools as well as state offices in 26 counties as far inland as…

With Hurricane Florence headed toward parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, here’s how to prepare: Make a plan: Stock up on emergency supplies for your home and car. Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them near every phone in your house or on the refrigerator. Program them into your cell phone, too. Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it. Read the National Fire Protection Association’s tips for using fire extinguishers. Find out where the nearest shelter is and the different routes you can take to get there if you have to leave your home. Make sure that everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your area sound like — and what to do if they go off. Gather supplies: Have at least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last…

Today is the meteorological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and Mother Nature is living up to expectations, with 3 active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean along with 2 areas to watch. In the Pacific Ocean, there are 4 tropical cyclones, including Olivia, which may impact Hawaii. So, our 5 Things to Watch has been amended a bit for this week. This is your 5 Hurricanes to Watch. How unusual is this amount of activity in the Atlantic? According to Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist who specializes in hurricanes at Colorado State University, the record for most simultaneous Atlantic hurricanes is 4, set on August 22, 1893 and on September 25-26, 1998. The last time there were 3 simultaneous hurricanes before now was last year, from September 6-9. Currently, we have the chance for 5 tropical cyclones to be active at the same time in the Atlantic later this week. The record for active…