Hurricane Florence Satellite Images Revealed Rare Phenomenon Over The Atlantic

Katie Ramirez
September 16, 2018

According to Mashable, if Florence hits North Carolina as a Category four storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Night-time winds were down to 110 miles per hour from a high of 140 miles per hour, and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely unsafe.

At 11am EDT, the Miami-based hurricane centre said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (100 kph).

Hurricane Florence is forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the US coast, while some weakening is expected on Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Wednesday. The destructive storm surge will occur as the hurricane's eye comes ashore from Thursday night into Friday, the Weather Channel said, and coastal flooding may persist through multiple high tide cycles into this weekend east of the center of Florence.

Every coastal city along the Gulf or East Coast of the US is at risk of storm surge, the hurricane center said.

"It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" said Waters, 54.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", Epperson said.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

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Another woman who is suspected to have been a fifth victim is said to have escaped from Ortiz and alerted authorities to him. The bodies of two women were found earlier in the week, and another two were found early Saturday morning .

Duke Energy told The Associated Press that damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of some 4 million customers in the Carolinas.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "You feel like you should have already left".

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