Up to 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been given voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, according to emergency management officials, as the storm churned across the Atlantic Ocean toward the coast.
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the USA states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency. The National Hurricane Center said the storm's strength should continue through Thursday. "While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m.
Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher. Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Charleston and Berkeley Counties, as well as for Charleston Harbor and the nearshore waters adjacent the Charleston County coast Storm Surge Watch remains in effect from Edisto Beach north to South Santee River and Tidal Berkeley County.
Several of the images were taken when the ISS was directly over the eye of the hurricane. Local utility crews are traveling east to the North Carolina coast to help with restoration efforts in preparation for large numbers of power outages caused by Hurricane Florence .
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence are just starting to lash out at the Carolinas, but it won't be long before the slow moving storm drops rain in the Pittsburgh area. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave. There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue". Hurricane Florence carries a heavy risk of flash floods as it brings up to 13-foot storm surge and a possible 40 inches of rain to the Carolina coast.
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Florence, now a Category 2 hurricane , is forecast to unleash extreme storm surge , possibly historic flooding rains, and damaging winds in the Carolinas beginning Thursday. "This is no ordinary storm, and people could be without power for a very long time - not days but weeks", a president of one energy company in North Carolina said on Wednesday.
In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports . Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm , with winds of 225kmh, approached. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast ", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Closing in with terrifying winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) and potentially catastrophic rain and storm surge , Florence is expected to blow ashore Saturday morning along the North Carolina-South Carolina line, the National Hurricane Center said.
The federal government is warning Canadians to avoid all travel to a stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by hurricane Florence . Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.
The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years. "Hugo was a direct hit", he said. "We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'.
That's because, on the ground, the storm has brought mayhem. On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast. The video was taken on Tuesday as Florence churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles per hour. It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a risky storm.
The North and SC coasts are on high alert as residents brace for Hurricane Florence's brutal lashing . With winds of 125 mph and a span of hundreds of miles, Hurricane Florence is already one of the largest and strongest hurricanes ever to threaten the East Coast .
The Weather Prediction Center tweeted a version of the same seven-day rainfall forecast. 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.
The hurricane center's projected track Wednesday had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, about a day later than previously expected. Forecasters do not expect that strength to change much before it makes landfall late Thursday or early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.
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The Category 4 storm is located 905 miles (1456 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina and has maximum wind speeds of 130 mph (209 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center . Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. Here are five facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane. "This is the craziest one".
Today, Florence is still sitting over warm, moist waters, which are fueling its howling winds. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12 feet (of water)". The City of Raleigh recommends people avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and limit the amount of toilet flushing during a storm.
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On the heels of the most expensive hurricane season ever, the approaching storm raises the questions: What role is climate change playing - and could technology offset these growing dangers? Hurricane Florence is now a massive Category 4 hurricane.
This means catastrophic floods could follow if the hurricane stalls inland. At more than 470 miles across, Florence is 56% wider than the typical Atlantic hurricane. Winds and massive waves will pound coastal North and SC when Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.
SC and North Carolina have ordered evacuations for people living in vulnerable areas along the coast. Hurricane Watches have been issued for the entire North Carolina coast with Tropical Storm Watches in effect for those along the I-95 corridor.
It's now considered a Category 4 hurricane , but the NWS expects the storm to strengthen over the next day or so. The storm now has sustained winds of roughly 130 miles per hour. Federal forecasters expect the storm to make landfall on Friday with 130 mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and massive waves, with rains taking a heavy toll inland.
Evacuations have already begun in North and SC, where supermarket shelves have been stripped and petrol stations run dry as people prepare to escape its path. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper described the storm as "a monster". A storm surge watch is also in effect for part of this area. The federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence, the president said, according to a live stream of his press conference at the White House.
A hurricane bringing 90 miles per hour winds and the risk of devastating storms and floods is hurtling toward the U.S., prompting a large portion of the East Coast to declare a formal state of emergency . McMaster also said in a news conference on Monday that officials will reverse the lanes on four big roads going away from the coast. "When weather forecasters tell us 'life threatening, ' we know it's serious".
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East Coast. The storm's winds had increased to 140 miles per hour by Monday afternoon. Experts say the East Coast should prepare for a blow by the middle of the week as the hurricane rapidly intensifies. This is the latest "cone of uncertainty", which shows an area where the center of the storm could go, when and how strong it might be at the given time.