Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station over the Atlantic as it heads toward the Southeast U.S. coast. An astronaut aboard the ISS sent

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station over the Atlantic as it heads toward the Southeast U.S. coast. An astronaut aboard the ISS sent

Forecasters said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour to 110 miles per hour, reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

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.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets. The southeast coast of North Carolina will experience a prolonged storm surge reaching up to nine to 13 feet from near the mouth of the Cape Fear to Cape Lookout.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

"We Need God's Help" is spray painted on wood boards covering the windows of a grocery store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 12, 2018. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the storm makes landfall.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station over the Atlantic as it heads toward the Southeast U.S. coast. An astronaut aboard the ISS sent

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.

"Our sand dunes are healthy but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said.

Susan Faulkenberry Panousis has stayed in her Bald Head Island, North Carolina home during prior hurricanes, but not this time. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

North Carolina residents rushed to stack up on food, water, toilet paper and other necessities as "monster" Hurricane Florence is set to touchdown in the state early this weekend.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this morning, along with the photos to prove it. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

Gradual weakening is forecast once Isaac moves through the eastern Caribbean and approaches the Gulf of Mexico.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area". The four storms in the Atlantic come as another one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.

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