BOSTON (CBS) – With Hurricane Florence expected to hit the Carolinas late Thursday night, mandatory evacuations will begin Tuesday afternoon for everyone living along South Carolina’s 187-mile coastline.

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Several people trying to get a head start arrived at Logan Airport in Boston early Tuesday morning.

Fernanda Quintao just moved to South Carolina a few weeks ago. She’s coming back to Massachusetts now to stay with family.

“Everyone was saying we had to leave, to evacuate so we were so scared to be there,” she told WBZ-TV. “Especially being there only one month and not knowing the area and (it’s) definitely not safe.”

Bobby Malcolm was away for college but he came back home to Waltham to be safe.

“I was down in Myrtle Beach for school then South Carolina went into a state of emergency and we had a mandatory evacuation. School is closed rest of the week until further notice,” he said.

A newlywed couple from North Carolina on their honeymoon was headed to the right place at the right time. They landed in Boston Tuesday morning for a cruise to Maine and Canada.

“I don’t think we could have planned any of it better…we’ve still got family there that we are worried about so we will be emailed back and forth on the cruise,” said the man.

Several airlines are letting passengers re-book flights free of charge if their plans take them into the hurricane’s potential path.

About 1.5 million people along the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.


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