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View of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

View of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

But the Miami-based NHC stressed it remained "a life-threatening situation" due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas.

Observation stations at the coast recorded wind speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, the advisory said. The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly. North and SC as well as Virginia have ordered evacuations for coastal counties. "Highly saturated grounds and heavy rainfall or high winds could cause significant damage". If flooding causes those pits to overflow or fail entirely, huge swaths of land could be contaminated with feces-laced water. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there. As it sits over a particular area longer, there is more rainfall.

"We've seen fatalities and deaths from tropical storms, from Category 1 storms and from Category 2 storms", Becker said.

If you've ever wanted to experience a hurricane from the safety of your screen, now's the chance! Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).

The EPA has already designated at least nine locations it is particularly concerned with and said it will monitor them throughout the storm and its aftermath for signs of trouble.

We've pulled together some of the key elements that explain why officials are so anxious, and what damage Florence could cause. It caused 117 fatalities and cost the US $17 billion.

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"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "Even though [Florence] has weakened, it is no less unsafe than it was yesterday". Some of the storm's wind and rain could even creep into eastern Georgia.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac. This is Robinson's 18th; Kourounis, who was in Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2005, thinks this is either his 20th or 21st. That is now the case in the Carolinas - the state sent Maryland Task Force One, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Rockville, to SC on Wednesday. Cooper and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told more than 1 million people who were directed to leave that if they don't evacuate, no one will come to save them. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power. The area will suffer far beyond the immediate effects expected.

Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall. Toronto saw widespread flooding twice this year when 50 mm of rain dropped in a few minutes. And it's more than the Calgary floods of 2013.

"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", according to the National Hurricane Center.

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