ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet have been forecast in some areas when the monster storm eventually makes landfall in North and SC. Those winds, though weaker, are behind the biggest threats: storm surges and widespread flooding. A small-craft Warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) spokesman Jeff Byard said storm surges may bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas.

According to WRAL meteorologist Gardner, the Triangle will start feeling tropical storm force winds by Friday. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

Isaac became the fifth hurricane of the season late Sunday and was initially expected to strengthen, potentially becoming a Cat 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds, as it crossed warm ocean waters. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night. Widespread rainfall amounts could reach 152mm to 300mm, spurring flooding. Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia.

As of 8:00 am (1200 GMT), the eye of the storm was 170 miles (275 km) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 12 mph.

The storm's forward motion has slowed 11km/h since Wednesday (local time), which was predicted as the storm nears the coast.


Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and South Carolina Thursday night or Friday.

The head of Duke Energy Corp.'s North Carolina operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if the company's prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

The surge will result in "large areas of deep inundation. enhanced by battering waves", the Weather Service said. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's message is pretty blunt: If you live in an evacuation zone, hit the road soon. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon. "I want to get them as far away as possible". "Once the storm moves further inland to Atlanta and Charlotte, the biggest issue will be rain and thunderstorms", she said. The winds may be down a bit, but the one-two intense punches that we are expecting are still there.

"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage".

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