Astronaut takes photo showing power of Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.

The storm's eye is expected to be over Columbia by 8 a.m. Sunday as the Florence's winds die down to tropical storm force (39 to 73 mph).

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday.

Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC. The only exception was Edisto Beach - that and other areas to the north remain under evacuation orders.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

Massive waves of up to 83 feet were measured inside the storm on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch said, citing satellite altimeter data.

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Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said, while more than 25 inches have fallen in the Newport, Morehead City area since Thursday.

Amanda Kinseth, reporter for WPDE ABC 15 News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Previously, Arnold shared images of Florence initially gaining strength over the ocean.

The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area". "So Florence is kind of spreading out, becoming a much larger, more stable hurricane".

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

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"In general, we're expecting see somewhere between 5-10" of rain from Florence.

On Wednesday morning, Florence was extending hurricane-force winds outward up to 70 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds up to 175 miles outward.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

"Some strengthening is forecast through tonight".

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

These power outages could last days to weeks, Brock Long, a spokesperson with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told Reuters.

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"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

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