Originally created 09/16/99

Timeline



The following is a day-by-day guide of Hurricane Floyd events.

Time line

Sunday, Sept. 12:

Floyd becomes dangerous Category 4 hurricane -- the same as Hugo in 1989 -- east of the Bahamas.

Monday:

Gov. Jim Hodges moves 600 National Guard troops and 500 state police to the coast to help with expected evacuations.

Tuesday:

7 a.m.:

Gov. Jim Hodges calls for a voluntary evacuation.

11 a.m.:

Shelters opened across South Carolina.

Noon:

Mr. Hodges makes evacuation mandatory for all areas east of the Intracoastal Waterway. An estimated 800,000 people affected.

Afternoon:

Mr. Hodges tours the South Carolina coast by helicopter, assuring residents National Guardsmen will protect their belongings when residents evacuate.

5 p.m.:

Hurricane warnings extended to all of South Carolina coast.

6 p.m.:

First rain bands reach South Carolina coast with storm still more than 450 miles from Charleston.

7 p.m.:

Mr. Hodges calls up an additional 1,000 National Guardsmen.

8 p.m.:

Governor opens eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 between Charleston and Interstate 95 to westbound traffic.

Wednesday:

11 a.m.:

Winds decrease to 125 mph and storm becomes a Category 3.

2 p.m.:

President Clinton declares federal disaster areas in South Carolina and North Carolina as Hurricane Floyd approaches.

3 p.m.:

Cooper River Bridge in Charleston is closed to all traffic.

3 p.m.:

Myrtle Beach curfew begins.

5 p.m.:

Hurricane-force gusts of 78 mph reported in Charleston.

6 p.m.:

South Carolina Electric & Gas announces 86,000 customers near Charleston are without power.

8 p.m.:

First reports of street flooding in Grand Strand.

8 p.m.:

Mr. Hodges says 38,000 are in shelters around the state.

8 p.m.:

State Emergency Operations Center says 121,000 people without power.

9 p.m.:

State Emergency Operations Center says 150,000 people without power.

10 p.m.:

State Emergency Operations Center says 206,000 people without power.

11 p.m.:

Floyd 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach. 50 mph winds reported. Weather buoy reports 41-foot waves 40 miles off Charleston.

11:30 p.m.:

National Weather Service lifts hurricane warning from Edisto Beach to the south.

Midnight:

15 inches of rain reported in some areas on Horry County. More expected.

Today:

2 a.m.:

Mr. Hodges announces 46,000 people in shelters statewide.

2:30 a.m.:

Winds decrease to 110 mph and Floyd downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

3 a.m.:

Floyd comes ashore at Cape Fear, N.C.

Daylight:

Widespread flooding in Myrtle Beach and some minor damage to buildings seen, but mostly downed trees and power lines.

7 a.m.:

Mr. Hodges lifts evacuation order for Georgetown County and south.