Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas.

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the US East Coast as a category 2 hurricane, now packing winds of 110mph.

Hurricane force winds are possible along and just inland from the southeast coast of North Carolina from Thursday night through late Friday night. It then will move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area later Thursday and Friday. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. As of 5 a.m., its maximum wind speeds remain at 110 miles per hour as it started to ingest drier air, says FOX 13's meteorologist Tyler Eliasen, however, it also means Florence's wind field has grown larger. But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sent a stark warning to residents and said: "North Carolina, my message is clear: Disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in". Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. As many as 1.5 million people are believed to live within mandatory evacuation zones.

Energy firm Duke Energy that the storm could cut off electricity to three-quarters of its 4m customers in the Carolinas, with the outages potentially lasting for weeks on end.

More than a thousand flights have been canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence's arrival in the Carolinas, and operations at airports along the coast have been suspended as the region braces for impact.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast. But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018. In reality, Florence was downgraded by the National Weather Service from a category 3 to a category 2 storm.


Cooper also announced there are 2,800 National Guard troops in different staging areas of North Carolina. Another, stronger high-pressure system to the north, forced Florence west and allowed it to head toward the Carolinas.

Predicting how a storm's intensity will change remains an open question, scientists said. "It's going to happen. We just want prayers from everyone".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.

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