Friday, 16 November, 2018

NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space

RAMMB satellite image taken at 6:00 ET on Sept. 12 2018 shows Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atlantic Ocean NOAA RAMMB AFP Getty Images
Frank Williams | 15 September, 2018, 17:54

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25-30 years, maybe ever", President Trump said while appearing with FEMA officials in the Oval Office on Tuesday. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mile-per-hour winds, was expected to reach the coast of the Carolinas Thursday or Friday, but the most recent National Hurricane Center forecasts show the storm taking a sharp southward turn toward Georgia after landfall.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

The images, captured from249 miles above the storm, captured Florence as it draws close to North Carolina's coast.

Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early on Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Now hurricane "Florence" waiting in Washington, where he also declared a state of emergency.

The space agency released footage showing what Hurricane Florence looks like from space on Wednesday, as states along the coast brace for what experts are saying will be a devastating impact.

Meanwhile, some of North Carolina's 2,100 industrial-size hog farmers are scrambling to drain waste pools containing manure before the hurricane hits, according to NPR.

Jeff Byard, FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, called Florence "a very risky storm". Some of these reactors - including Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina and Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia - may be directly in the hurricane's path, Reuters reported.

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"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100mph, but that is still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

"Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighbourhood making sure my neighbours are fine because nobody can get in here". "We have everything. We're ready". But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Governor Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

He warned residents to make preparations and heed evacuation orders, warning that electrical service could be lost for several days.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station.

The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.

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

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