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ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Astronauts aboard ISS had to use super wide-angle lens to photograph massive Hurricane Florence All you need to know about 'tropical storms' | Infographic
Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 04:47

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warning for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. The category ranking of storms only describes the speed of the storm's sustained winds.

Storm surge is deadly.

Another video from NOAA's GOES-East weather satellite caught a different view of Hurricane Florence. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

Storm surge is caused in part by the brunt of hurricane force winds. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said. The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, large bodies of water in North Carolina that could also see significant flooding.

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Florence is expected to make landfall about 8 a.m. Friday, then stall over the Wilmington region, dumping up to 35 inches of rain and prompting worry of "extreme" flash flooding. "We can not underestimate this storm". That makes it hard to project how the region will ultimately be affected.

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 140 miles per hour to 105 miles per hour by Thursday, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2. His group, the Office of Water Prediction and Luettich's team are working together to build such models now.

"It's going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.

Flooding risks are also causing worries over the more than 300 wild horses living on North Carolina's coasts.

Train travel: Amtrak has announced cancellations on northbound and southbound trains going through North and SC.

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"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

Maryland's largest natural gas and electric company, BGE, said it was also preparing for the storm.

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. The latter had to be relocated back to the reserve after the storm.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said. "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked".

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Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC . Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area.

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