Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence

Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence

Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence

According to the BBC, floodwaters may ride up to 13ft (4 metres) and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, Brock Long, explained: "So this is a very unsafe storm".

The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. Roberts says the storm surge continues to increase as Florence passes over the area.

An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence. The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h).

As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane, federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".

Florence is forecast to move slowly over the Carolinas after making landfall Thursday night or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

"With a hurricane, you have plenty of warning, but it's like "should I go or should I stay" and you're never sure, but when they said mandatory evacuation, I thought it's time to get out", said Lynn Morgan.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

Airlines have cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns across the Carolinas are largely empty after 1.7 million people in three states were told to clear out.

The winds in Charleston, South Carolina, will start to pick up tonight and will remain fairly steady throughout the storm. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. When they meet land, the water surges inshore at levels far exceeding normal tides. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

AccuWeather expert commented on the storm, stating: "Strength, track and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding".

But, more generally, the proximate causes of hurricane-related injury and death may be surprising, according to the National Hurricane Center.

But for those that do get hammered, customers could lose access to their local bank's services for days or weeks, depending on the extent of the damage.

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