Originally created 09/16/99


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.


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


7 a.m.:

Gov. Jim Hodges calls for a voluntary evacuation.

11 a.m.:

Shelters opened across South Carolina.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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