Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.

Those warily staring at Florence grasp in contrast it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather. Now waiting for the hurricane in Washington, which also declared a state of emergency. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Parts of North Carolina could get 1 metre.

"It brings multiple threats, including a massive storm surge at the coast, as well as a potentially catastrophic inland flood situation".

The storm is scheduled to make landfall near the Brunswick nuclear plant, located just south of Wilmington, and near the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, which is further inland and located around 23 miles from Raleigh.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas in 2012, came in at $65 billion, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

On a conference call with media, David Fountain, the Duke Energy North Carolina President, said they were using predictive modeling in historical data to make their estimates.

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Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. Video footage shot during the tropical storm shows what appears to be two dolphins swimming in the rising storm surge water.

Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

Hurricane Florence continues its path towards Wilmington and remains a Category 4 storm - but predictions now show the storm stalling over land and taking a more southerly route over the weekend into Monday.

This contrasts with other storms, such as Harvey, which sat for days over Houston and dumped more than 51 inches of rain, killing 82 people previous year.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.

The predicted amount of rainfall that Florence will bring to the southeast.

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