Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

Vice President Pence will go to Atlanta on Thursday to review preparations for Hurricane Florence, the Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall later this week. "It wants to get stronger", he said of the storm.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. "This is just a unusual bird".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. Dumping nearly two feet of rain in places, Floyd caused dozens of pits to overflow and lagoons walls to fail, killing more than 20,000 pigs.

The NHC has issued Hurricane Warnings from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

While its exact path remains uncertain it is expected to bring huge amounts of rainfall wherever it strikes.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperilled Georgia, too.

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

If these projections hold, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says "it's exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday to deliver a devastating blow to the east coast of the United States, with millions urged to flee inland hours before it was due to announce its arrival with torrential downpours.

One grocery store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sported a plea for divine intervention - with forecasters warning that the threat of devastation remains high despite the downgrade.

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages".

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