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Hurricane Florence forces port closure

The Port of Charleston announced it will be closed and remain off-limits to all ship traffic until at least Sunday, September 16, according to TravelMole.

The cruise port is shuttered to ride out the expected storm force winds of Hurricane Florence, which will still be severe despite a downgrading of the storm as it inches closer to the Carolinas.

The South Carolina Ports Authority said Charleston may reopen Sunday when Carnival Cruise Line has a scheduled departure to Bermuda.

States of emergency were declared for North and South Carolina and Virginia, and residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas in all three states.

Now down to a Category 2 storm, Florence is still expected to unleash winds of about 180 km/h.

About 1,000 flights have already been cancelled in and out of several airports in Virginia, Georgia and the Carolinas.
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