83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

Florence's sustained winds were 165 km/h, with gusts up to 204 km/h on Thursday afternoon.

The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the storm makes landfall. We'll discuss the latest on the storm.

Forecasters say it could slow dramatically when it nears land and then linger until Saturday, moving unpredictably along the coast and bringing torrential rain.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky. It is predicted to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and unsafe storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. Widespread rainfall amounts could reach 152mm to 300mm, spurring flooding.

The wave action and strong winds of Florence will cause a large amount of water to pile up along the coast of North and SC.

In contrast to the hurricane center's official projection, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.

Town Manager Mike Cramer said law enforcement officers will try to assess how many people are still on the island immediately south of Wilmington.

Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall. People in the Carolinas had the daytime hours Thursday to complete their final preparations to ride out or escape the storm.

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The storm is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near Wilmington, North Carolina . Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

SC officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the state's coast and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

For the Columbia area, state and city officials warn of flooding and the likelihood of flash flooding.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.

It has become likely that the storm will reverse course early next week and turn back north toward West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, albeit significantly weakened. Additionally, tornadoes could arise in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

"Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse". Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

Several million people could lose power by the time Florence sloshes its way through the state.

The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power. "I mean this takes a long time to move through the Carolinas".

The mayor of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, said authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland.

"This is a big storm, physically, very large".

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