People in the path of Hurricane Florence are looking at a "weekend of misery" after the storm passes through, Rep. Mark Sanford warned Thursday morning.
"I think what stands out for me and what's unusual about this storm is the way that it's going to, as all the models suggest, flip to the south, begin to make that leftward turn, and then sort of park itself slowly over the North Carolina/South Carolina border and work its way across South Carolina over the weekend," the South Carolina Republican, also a former governor of his state, told CNN's "New Day."
The path is "highly unusual", he said, as hurricanes typically blow through and go away.
"I think it's telling that Duke Energy, for instance, has activated 20,000 folks to be prepared to repair electrical lines, but what that means is, while that storm's in place, they can't get there," said Sanford. "So you talk about a weekend of misery. South Carolina, without air-conditioning, this time of year, can be absolutely miserable for folks."
There are mandatory evacuation orders in place, but there are no legal repercussions if people don't leave, so Sanford said all one can do is suggest that people leave before the massive storm hits.
"What's unusual about this storm is the way it's going to slowly work its way across the inland portions of South Carolina, where there hasn't been a mandatory evacuation," said Sanford.
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