Astonishing new photos show Hurricane Florence from space

Astonishing new photos show Hurricane Florence from space

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said that a Florence landfall along the U.S. East coast is becoming more likely, with the Carolinas at greatest risk on Thursday.

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 past year.

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", SC governor Henry McMaster said, issuing his state's emergency declaration.

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

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) said in its travel advisory: "Hurricane Florence is forecast to bring life-threatening weather conditions to North Carolina and SC, with potential effects in coastal Georgia and Virginia".

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall.

The storm is expected to strengthen even further before it makes landfall later this week, and could potentially reach a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 156mph.

North Carolina's Outer Banks are under mandatory evacuation orders and four states declared emergencies as the Category 4 storm barreled toward the coast.

Preparations for Florence come as the Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak. Category 4 is one level below the most severe storm, and the center warned that Florence would remain an "extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night". "Everyone in Virginia need to be prepared", said Northam.

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By noon on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130mph.

Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence was the most severe storm to threaten the USA mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989, when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina.

"We're talking 12-foot seas stretching 300 miles away from the center", the NHC's Graham said.

Long-duration hurricane-force winds of 74 miles per hour or higher could cause tremendous damage and widespread power outages. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

Crystal Kirwan didn't see she had much choice as she got her family ready to leave their home Monday on the coast of North Carolina, with Category 4 Hurricane Florence threatening the state.

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said. Tropical storms generate winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, just below hurricane force.

Some 7 million people, primarily in Florida, were asked to flee from Hurricane Irma last September, the largest mass evacuation in US history, easily surpassing the 2.5 million who were ordered to evacuate during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,085 miles (1745 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

A Category 4 hurricane can cause catastrophic damage, the hurricane center warned: "Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls", the hurricane center said.

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