ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

Waves almost 30 foot high have been recorded off the North Carolina coast as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

Long accustomed to its residents evacuating north or to other parts of the state when hurricanes threaten, Florida was in the unusual position this week of accommodating diverted cruise ships and hotel-room seekers hoping to escape the wrath of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina.

The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the NHC said.

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief.

On the forecast track, the centre of the storm is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

Storm surge is deadly.

Florence is moving toward land at 9 kilometers per hour (6 mph), giving it more time to churn, suck up water, batter the coast, and bring massive amounts of rain inland. Its surge of ocean water could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 13 feet, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the USA coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station.

At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies. Florence, a storm expected to significantly impact the U.S.

"This is a powerful storm that can kill", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a Thursday press briefing. He urged people to stay off roads during peak storm conditions and warned against driving through standing floodwater.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police.

"(Its) very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house.

"The vast majority of the time the horses know what to do, and they are able to get to higher ground or protect themselves", said Gillikin. "We're fully prepared. Food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready".

"This is a situation where it's not days, but possibly weeks to get the lights back on", said Howard Fowler, Duke Energy's incident commander for Florence.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.

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