Hurricane Florence Looks Super-Scary When Seen From Space

Hurricane Florence Looks Super-Scary When Seen From Space

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC.

Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday.

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters. Tropical Storm Olivia is approaching the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

Previously, Arnold shared images of Florence initially gaining strength over the ocean.

Satellites orbiting Earth have also been keeping tabs on Florence from above.

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

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Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens, the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston a year ago.

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas past year".

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen". North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

Most of the area will likely endure winds near or just below Tropical Storm force Friday.

Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.

CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with.

"I think we just thought there were going to be some waves because of the hurricane but it's not too good today", said Grulich.

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