Monday, 22 October, 2018

NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence from space Astronauts had to use super wide-angle lens to photograph Hurricane Florence because it’s so huge
Sandy Nunez | 16 September, 2018, 16:14

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

Natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities ramped up their preparedness efforts as the path of Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, took a notable shift and was set to approach the coast of North Carolina or the northern coast of SC beginning Thursday. One of the first major Atlantic hurricanes of 2018, Hurricane Florence is now under category 2 with max winds at 105 miles per hour.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.

"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center. He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. He urged people to leave immediately rather than face the wrath of the "once in a lifetime" storm.

Old Dominion's football game at Charlotte (North Carolina) has been moved up to Thursday because of Hurricane Florence.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

"It's easy to think about the roof blowing off, the windows being shattered, but there's more subtle parts of business interruption", Love said.

Emergency preparations in SC now include more than 2,100 of the state's National Guard soldiers.

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Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

Lauren Hancock, a resident of Wrightsville Beach in the state's evacuation zone, said: "I'm looking across the street at a gas station, and it's a madhouse".

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

Early on 13 September, NASA's Aqua satellite's infrared data showed the clouds in the southern quadrant of Hurricane Florence appeared warmer than storms throughout the rest of Florence.

"There is a chance it only potentially grazes the coast and just has most of the hurricane remain offshore, in which case it would continue to be over warm water", she said.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.