Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters warn that millions could be affected by the hurricane, and have urged mass evacuations of areas within its path. The image was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, now living and working onboard the International Space Station.
Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. The forecast shows landfall occurring early on September 15, 2018 after an update indicated weather conditions would slow down the storm; the update was issued on September 12, 2018.
The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.
"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water", Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.
"We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able, we've got the finest people I think anywhere in the world".
It posted: "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion".
"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.
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"It's not exactly comparable to Hugo, but it is forecast to be a major hurricane making landfall, so in that sense it will be like Hugo", National Weather Service meteorologist Jake Wimberley told The Charlotte Observer.
Still, high winds will potentially inflict severe or complete damage to buildings, snap tree limbs or even uproot them, and knock power and water lines out. Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.
The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency after forecasts showed Hurricane Florence possibly taking a south-west turn.
"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence", said Deal. Find out now if you live in a flood prone area or a location that will be greatly impacted by storm surge. In addition to giving residents enough time to make it out, North and SC have enacted emergency price-gouging laws to keep business and gas stations from upping their prices in the lead-up to Florence's arrival.
In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.
"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel.