NASA shows incredible image of Hurricane Florence in 3D

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

More than 80,000 people are already without power, and forecasters have warned that conditions will only get more lethal as the storm pushes ashore in the early hours of Friday morning.

It's now pummeling the coast of North Carolina with 90mph winds and heavy rain, the CNN reported Friday.

"This is a life-threatening situation", the advisory said. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

A gust of 105 miles per hour (169 kph) was recorded at the Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. A storm surge warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from floods on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported. A city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been plucked to safety.

However, last year's string of hurricanes - including Harvey, Irma and Maria - did bump up the number of flood policies nationally.

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"We can show you what this could look like, if you were to find yourself in this scenario", meteorologist Erika Navarro says. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

As Florence drew near, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington. He said all roads leading to his neighborhood were blocked by fallen trees. Homeland Security officials say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are focused on the preservation of life and safety.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million to 3 million outages.

Hurricane Florence was more recently downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

The storm officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (local time), the National Hurricane Center said. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Some 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Cooper said. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

Millions of people could lose power across North and SC.

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