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. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.
Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks". The hurricane which continued on into North Carolina as a Category 2 storm caused billions of dollars in the Carolinas, where people were stunned by the damage they saw.
"Extremely unsafe winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage".
However, the remnants of Florence may get drawn into a cold frontal passage early next week. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning. Currently, the hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles from the eye.
"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.
NASA also shared this video-a "stark and sobering" view of Hurricane Florence-shot using a high-definition camera outside the ISS captured.
"Hurricane Sandy did a tremendous amount of damage", Kourounis said. "If it's my time to go, I'll go". "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations". And disruptive, risky winds regardless of official category. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".
Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the U.S. late Thursday or early Friday. I had to make sure today was Thursday because all of the days seem to run together. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.
Dont play games with it: Florence takes aim at Carolinas
The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow". On top of that, a disastrous amount of rain - 500mm, possibly even as much as 1m - is expected to fall.
She said the property, which stands atop stilts, is fully insured through the federal flood insurance program, though the couple hadn't yet considered whether they will rebuild if Florence, or some future storm, wipes it away. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".
For the Columbia area, state and city officials warn of flooding and the likelihood of flash flooding.
Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018. Conditions will gradually deteriorate from here as Florence crawls ashore in the next 24-36 hours.
Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter Carolina Beach through two high-tide periods.
The storm was already generating 83-foot waves at sea on Wednesday.
"Our sand dunes are healthy but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed". She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.
Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems now in the Atlantic.
Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.
After Hurricane Harvey dropped a record-breaking 27 trillion gallons of rain on Texas a year ago, scientists are predicting that an increase in moisture will be expected from these storms in our warming world. The four storms in the Atlantic come as another one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.