Hurricane Florence from space: "A no-kidding nightmare"

Hurricane Florence Latest on Possible 'Storm of a Lifetime'

As of Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster. "It's a big one", he said.

The president made his comments in a videotaped message from the White House Rose Garden that he tweeted out on Wednesday morning. "Be ready and God be with you".

The Carolina coasts are facing a potential days-long battering from Hurricane Florence, a storm expected to dump feet of rain there.

As of 11 a.m., the Category 4 storm had top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was on track to make landfall near Cape Fear, N.C., sometime Friday night or Saturday morning, and then move inland across the center of SC. "From the storm surge alone, tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded in North Carolina". Currently, tropical storm-force winds extend 175 miles from the storm's center, according to the NHC.

We continue to keep our eyes on Hurricane Florence. In contrast to the hurricane center's official track, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line.




"North Carolina, my message is clear", a grim Gov. Roy Cooper said at a briefing today. "Think Harvey-type flooding in parts of the Carolinas".

The time to prepare is nearly over, he said. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week. Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well. "Everyone was sold out", she said. Three college football games with Top 25 teams have been called off: East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 15 West Virginia at NC State and No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina. You never know. But we know.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

We are only halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season, and the tropics have become much more active since August, so this may not be the last storm we see this year. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Although Florence is tracking well south of Hampton Roads, Historic Triangle residents should be prepared for flooding and possibly downed trees, forecasters said.

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

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