WLOS -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is calling Hurricane Florence a "monster" that residents should not try to ride out in their homes.
At a news conference Tuesday, Cooper had a stern warning for coastal residents who have stayed in their homes during previous hurricanes including Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016: This one is different.
Cooper told residents not to "bet your life on riding out a monster."
To reinforce this, Cooper announced he had issued what he called the first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other. Typically local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.
Some, including those at the Outer Banks, have already issued orders for the island residents to leave.