Hurricane Florence, ‘Storm of a Lifetime,’ Generating 83-Foot High Waves As It Barrels Towards Carolina Coast

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A high-definition video camera outside the space station captured stark and sobering views of Hurricane Florence / NASA

CHARLESTON — More than ten million Americans are under storm watches and warnings in three states as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. Hurricane force winds, storm surges, rain and potential flooding are the main concerns.

Florence, now a category 3 hurricane, was centered at 5 p.m. about 385 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Florence is moving toward the northwest.

A satellite measured an 83 Foot Wave near the center of Hurricane Florence Wednesday morning.

“It appears a major flood event is on the way in the Middle Atlantic region,” meteorologist Mike Smith said. “It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before.”

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a stark and sobering view of Hurricane Florence.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Wednesday night, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday, and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday.

Some fluctuations in strength will be possible through Thursday morning. Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Service says the event “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.”

Hurricane and storm surge warnings for Florence remain in effect from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

NHC said “Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”

For updated forecasts on this storm, visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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