NASA reveals ‘extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Florence pictures from space

NASA reveals ‘extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Florence pictures from space

Hurricane Florence, a unsafe Category 4 hurricane, continued it's slow slog toward the N.C. coast late Monday, with forecasters expecting the storm to strengthen even more before likely weakening before landfall. An hour later, at noon, the agency tweeted that Florence had grown again to a Category 4, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph.

"There is an increased risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge from the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall inland". These swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

National Hurricane Center says swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia have all declared states of emergency ahead of the approaching storm.

Henry McMaster (R) on Monday ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state's coastline ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected arrival on Thursday.

It said Florence, a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, could approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

The center of Florence was forecast to sweep between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before making its assault on the US coast.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), Blake wrote. There is a very real possibility that Florence becomes a rare and risky Category 5 storm over the next 36 hours!

"The bottom line is that there is increasing confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity, " Blake said.

Once Florence makes landfall, it'll be the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season to hit the mainland US.

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While the cone of uncertainty still covers most of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, prediction models of the storm indicate it's headed toward some area between Charleston, S.C. and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The State of Emergency Response Team, which includes the Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and North Carolina National Guard, are ready to deploy.

"It's not likely to miss us", Heden said. The northern-most landfall, was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954.

Florence is now projecting hurricane-force winds (74 mph and higher) up to 30 miles from its center.

The US navy has ordered ships at its Hampton Roads, Virginia base to put to sea, saying "the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port".

Both North and SC, as well as Virginia, declared emergencies on Sunday. Charles Mullen, 81, a longtime resident of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, said he had ridden out many storms and that most locals were planning to stay unless Florence took aim at Hatteras.

Plants in the storm's path are shut down about 12 hours in advance of being hit.

Early on Monday, Sam Lillo, a University of Oklahoma meteorology student, posted this ominous video of Florence at sunrise. The storm could cause an estimated $15.32 billion in damage.

Major flooding is predicted for a vast swath of land from Roanoke, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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