Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

The category ranking of storms only describes the speed of the storm's sustained winds.

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. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water".

US Southeast power companies said more than 188,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and SC were without power early Friday as Hurricane Florence caused a deluge ahead of its landfall later in the day. The storm was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

Another video from NOAA's GOES-East weather satellite caught a different view of Hurricane Florence.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

One forecaster says the harm done by a 90 miles per hour wind would be comparable to that suffered from a 110 miles per hour wind. "And that will produce a lot of damage as well as prolong the beach erosion".

More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.

Because most are managed as wild animals, numerous horses will be left to fend for themselves, said Paula Gillikin of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.

At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not. "Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected".

Forecasters say Florence will likely turn to the west-northwest and slow down its forward motion - a situation that will bring even more rainfall to the area.

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence approaches US
Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity. Florence is bearing down with such strength that forecasters say she may literally reshape the Carolina coastline.

Businesses in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., prepare for Hurricane Florence on Wednesday.

Why is Florence so large?

The storm was reduced to a Category 1 Hurricane before it crash into the US East Coast.

The hurricane, which has yet to officially made landfall, has already inundated North Carolina coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland.

Emergency preparations included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia.

US carriers were also waiting to see what impact Florence could have on airports near Washington and in northern Virginia.

By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, meteorologist Ryan Maue said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm. "This is an extremely risky situation".

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