'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

The video was taken on Tuesday as Florence churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Here she was captured churning across the Atlantic earlier this week by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst with a super wide angle lens outside the International Space Station.

Work that started earlier in the week to prepare two major natural gas pipeline projects in the path of the storm continued on Wednesday.

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

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Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Here are some of the best images of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, a fellow NASA astronaut who's also living on board the ISS.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all three states, with Florence likely to bring widespread flooding and destruction once it arrives.

Residents along a large swathe of the USA coastline have fled their homes as forecasters warned Hurricane Florence could stay just offshore for days before pushing inland.

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"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The worst of the storm's effects will be felt over the weekend as Florence moves on through.

This contrasts with other storms, such as Harvey, which sat for days over Houston and dumped more than 51 inches of rain, killing 82 people a year ago.

The predicted amount of rainfall that Florence will bring to the southeast.

Hurricane Florence is just days from making landfall in the Carolinas.

The storm is expected to being heavy rain, powerful winds, and a strong storm surge.

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Florence is rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. In North Carolina, Cooper says, "2,800 soldiers will be on active duty, joined by even more on standby".

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