Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

NASA posts incredible video of Hurricane Florence from space

NASA posts incredible video of Hurricane Florence from space

Florence is a powerful category 3 hurricane and is moving steadily toward the Carolina coastal areas.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still risky Category 3 hurricane.

"Hurricane and storm surge watches now blanket much of the SC and North Carolina coasts, and enormous rainfall totals could be in store for coastal areas as well as inland".

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake.

Forecasters in Wilmington, North Carolina, are emphasizing the potential for what they're calling "unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding".

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. Recovery could take weeks or months. Georgia is expected to see tropical storm-force winds and rain in some spots.

Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

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"Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event to the Carolinas, and potentially Virginia as well".

Deal's declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service's storm forecast shows a chance that Florence's track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week.

Lauren Hancock, a resident of Wrightsville Beach in the state's evacuation zone, said: "I'm looking across the street at a gas station, and it's a madhouse". "It's going to happen". We're just on a heightened awareness at this point.

"Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart", Jones explained.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

This means the storm will have less of an impact in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia and more of an impact on southern North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.

He says the time to flee Hurricane Florence is now. It had been projected to shift north after making landfall. There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

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