Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

These same areas that are inundated with storm surge will also be hammered by damaging winds sustained at 50 to 70 miles per hour with gusts as high as 80 to 90 miles per hour - strong enough to damage homes and buildings, down trees and knock out power. The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

It's now pummeling the coast of North Carolina with 90mph winds and heavy rain, the CNN reported Friday.

FEMA's first priority after Florence passes will be getting infrastructure that's critical to communities' well-being up and running, Long said. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer about 200 people already had been rescued by 5 a.m. Video footage showed parking lots in the riverfront town of New Bern turn into shallow lakes of dirty gray water as heavy rain fell.

More than 100 people are waiting to be rescued from homes and vehicles in New Bern, N.C., after Hurricane Florence brought severe flooding to the area. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 miles per hour (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

Five to 10 inches of rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina, and southwest Virginia.

Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm".

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Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge. At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

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The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel forecast what showed nine-foot floodwaters would look like on a neighbourhood street.

But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "Catastrophic effects will be felt". Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center while tropical storm-force winds extend 195 miles.

On top of the potentially destructive hurricane, forecasters also put parts of North Carolina on tornado watch.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night in the USA behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow".

The National Hurricane Centre said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 metres) of inundation. Spending, meanwhile, fell more than 30 percent, or around $500 that week, and more than 65 percent on the day of landfall as businesses closed up shop and residents took shelter from the storm.

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