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NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'

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Doris Mccormick | 13 September, 2018, 23:13

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

More than 1 million people in coastal areas in North and SC and Virginia faced mandatory evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall on Friday.

As of yesterday, more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the storm.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday".

Gerst is now living and working aboard the International Space Station as a member of the Expedition 56 crew.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked late on Wednesday at 110 miles per hour (175 kph), down from a peak of 140 mph a day earlier, before it was downgraded to a Category 3, then a Category 2, on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength. By late Wednesday, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings. It may move a little north into Virginia or a little south into SC.

Motorists drive down I-40 westbound as the eastbound road is empty in advance of Hurricane Florence near Suttontown, North Carolina.

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a risky major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

Super typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines and China
More than three million people live in northern Luzon, which is sparsely populated compared to other parts of the island. Wu said that the intensity level of Mangkhut is stronger than that of Florence.


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'Monster' Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast
Yesterday, Maryland declared a state of emergency as the hurricane approached. There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd and Matthew", it said.

"But as we put the tracker on you can see by tomorrow morning we're still anticipating this will strengthen into the neighbourhood of 150mph".

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The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow. Hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours before tropical storm force winds hit the areas.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.

A risky Hurricane Florence is steadily making its way to the U.S. East Coast.

"Category 4 means damaging winds, and a storm surge- which is this mound of ocean water rushing in- a storm surge over ten feet", said hurricane expert Thomas Galarneau of The University of Arizona. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

"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. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

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