Huge Hurricane Florence Looms Large in New Views from Space


With the state of emergency declared and Hurricane Florence, a category 4 hurricane, headed toward the east coast, the University of SC is going to have some decisions to make, especially with a home football game against Marshall on Saturday night.

The coast can expect tropical storm-force winds as early as Wednesday night and likely Thursday morning, with the highest probability of winds in the Carolinas.

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", Blake said. "Damaging winds could also spread well inland into portions of the Carolinas and Virginia".

At least 340 dead people have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the United States braces itself for the worst storm in a decade.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster told a news conference.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Sunday he was asking President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of "significant impacts not only on our state but the entire east coast".

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He estimated about one million people would be fleeing the coast. Gov. Roy Cooper declared North Carolina under a state of emergency last Friday. "This is going to be a statewide event".

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Florence is a Category 4 hurricane and continues to grow in size and strength, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

Florence is located about 1,170 miles (1,880 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said on Monday. The wind field is expected to keep growing, which will increase the storm surge and inland wind threats, the service said in a statement. Dare County Emergency Management officials said they'll extend the order to all residents and visitors in other areas beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued for portions of South Carolina, North Carolina, and other southeastern states by the morning of September 11.

Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall.

As the storm advanced, Monday afternoon was a postcard-perfect day on Holden Beach with bright blue skies, placid puffy clouds and light breezes. By 2pm EDT (2am Tuesday Singapore time), the previously calm surf began to show some chop. It said about 750 military personnel will be designated to provide support. Because the storm track could vary widely, Duke says it doesn't yet know which parts of the states is most likely to see that damage.