High Definition Video of Hurricane Florence From ISS

Olive Hawkins
September 14, 2018

"This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years", President Donald Trump warned on Twitter.

He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe.

Nearby Jones County could see gusts in the 100 miles per hour range, while neighboring counties will be in the 60 to 95 miles per hour range, officials said.

Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he had issued a first-of-its-kind state evacuation to help prompt residents of the barrier islands, including the Outer Banks, to leave.

Because of the storm's potential damaging impacts, Pasquotank and Camden counties have joined the ranks of local governments in declaring a state of emergency.

"We are not going to let that happen", he said.

Sailors cast off mooring lines to the Command hospital ship USNS Comfort as the ship evacuates Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2018. For those not in the storm's direct path, officials are still warning about the residual high winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding.

"When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the centre". It may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

The center of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop feet of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

Also out for sandbags was Deborah LaRoche.

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change. "This one is different". "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down".

United States Coast Guard officials also ordered commercial vessels and pleasure craft to take precautions.

Governors of several states including North and SC have also waived certain trucking and transportation regulations to help prep for the storm - and be ready to take quick action once the worst it over.

"This is a huge storm", said Robert Woodward, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners. "And now it looks like we're going to get way more than we need".

"A west- northwestward to northwestward motion with a slight increase in forward speed are expected during the next couple of days".

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.

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