83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

The Carolina coasts are facing a potential days-long battering from Hurricane Florence, a storm expected to dump feet of rain there.

Coincidentally that was the same year the Carolinas were devastated by another powerful hurricane: Hurricane Floyd.

One simply added: 'Your Florence hurricane forecast looks like a giant penis and testicles.

Hurricane Florence is moving closer to the coast of North and SC, where it is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 193km/h, before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 2.75 meters of water in spots, projections showed. "Take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions".

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

As the trough moves east, it will disrupt the winds that steer the hurricane, Stewart said.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 485 km ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged. SC has also canceled classes through at least Saturday due to the storm.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. The outer bands of Hurricane Florence are visible as the storm approaches, on September 12, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Watch Spectrum News LIVE on your desktop, laptop or mobile device for storm coverage. "Failure to take action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life". During that time 70 to 110mph winds are expected.

Jeff Byard, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?"

But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

Emergency preparations have so far included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops as well as stockpiling food and setting up shelters. It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet. It will be arriving soon. "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.

Steering currents - around clear weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems - redirect hurricanes, with the clear weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around.

  • Carolyn Briggs