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Blue Ridge Pkwy. State Parks Order Evacuation

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September 15, 2018 by   Leave a Comment

The Blue Ridge Parkway has called for a mandatory evacuation of campgrounds as Hurricane Florence pounds the state with heavy rains and wind gusts in the 100 mph range.

MSN reported that North Carolina announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) it was also closing all its state parks through at least Sunday.

The evacuation of Blue Ridge Parkway campers was put in place “pending high wind and heavy rain” expected from the storm in the Appalachians early next week.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday that Hurricane Florence had dumped 14 inches of rain so far in some areas of the state.

Florence is predicted to bring rainfall between six and 15 inches in the mountains, as it moves on a projected path northwest through South Carolina into western North Carolina.

Officials with the 469-mile-long parkway posted on Facebook that they are preparing “for high volumes of rain, strong winds at higher elevations, and potential landslides across the foothills and mountains of the Southern Blue Ridge.”

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