Evacuees arrive in Springfield as Hurricane Florence expected to hit hard soon

Hampden County

People in the path of Hurricane Florence have been urged to leave their homes and get as far from the coast as possible.

More than 1 million people in the Carolinas are under mandatory orders to leave their homes, and some of them arrived at Bradley Airport Wednesday, hoping to get far from the hurricane.

Expecting winds as high as 120 miles per hour, a million people in North and South Carolina have been told to leave their homes, as Category 3 Hurricane Florence moves closer to the coast.

Some evacuees arrived at Bradley Airport Wednesday night, many of them making last minute vacation plans to get out of the path of the storm.

“Decided to come up to Massachusetts to avoid the storm,” Anthony Penny told 22News. “I was delayed. Most all of the flights I know of were delayed because of the storm. All of the people who haven’t evacuated, heed my warning. Better safe than sorry.”

Ten million people are in areas under a watch or warning ahead of the storm.

One West Virginia woman said you could see people getting prepared, even further away from the storms predicted path.

“Coming in on I-77 going south, I saw a lot of power trucks coming in from Michigan and Indiana, heading towards North Carolina,” said Terry Greenwood.

The governor of South Carolina said some counties are expected to be hit so hard, they will have to remove emergency responders, for their own safety.

Florence is expected to first hit the North Carolina coast, possibly as early as Thursday night.

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