Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

NASA revealed the extent of hurricane Florence from space

NASA revealed the extent of hurricane Florence from space

The storm, which is poised to electrify millions this week within the southeastern US, is "expected to raise existence-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Middle (NHC) talked about.

Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

The storm is expected to arrive on the East Coast as early as Thursday, and is expected to ride north for several days.

Last year's blitz of hurricanes was all the more unusual because the East Coast had enjoyed more than a decade of relative calm. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals. Now waiting for the hurricane in Washington, which also declared a state of emergency.

Weekend sporting events have already been canceled, with possibly more to come.

The shift south and west will encompass more of SC and western North Carolina. In the Piedmont Triad area, we are expecting somewhere between 5-10 inches of rain.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Highways clogged with people fleeing North and SC early Wednesday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled toward the eastern United States as the biggest storm there in decades.

On Wednesday, people across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town.

As hurricane-force winds approach the coast, they'll push the ocean's waves ashore, causing storm surges of up to 13 feet (4 meters) in parts of North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported.

"Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

To back up that point, Graham cited a sobering statistic: "50 percent of the fatalities in these tropical systems is the storm surge - and that's not just along the coast". Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall is expected across portions of North and SC.

Both Athens hospitals were monitoring the progress of the storm in case they were needed to receive patients from areas impacted by the storm. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported. Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Slower hurricanes - such as Hurricane Harvey - can dump more rain on an area before moving on, adding to their destructive power.

Florence is now heading for ocean water that has surface temperatures of about 85 degrees, meaning it will most likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

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