Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

Leroy Wright
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, killing at least two people and trapping hundreds more in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

As Florence first broke on land yesterday 90mph winds struck the coastal areas, but as the storm system moved across land it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. The child's injured father was hospitalized.

Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina. More than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate in advance of the storm. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

"Nothing of depth has been said [in my conversations with Hurricane Florence evacuees]", Lauren Yeary, a 26-year-old insurance agent from Knoxville, Tennessee, told Insider. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.

A man attached to a respiratory machine sits in a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018. The figure for SC was 170,000.

Top sustained winds are now about 100 km/h and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 km/h - a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.

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It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME Leaves, branches and other debris surround and cover a auto during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018.

Evacuation warnings were issued for 1.7 million people in the region.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. He said that heat waves render the sea surface temperature in the Atlantic "bathtub-level warm" and as the ocean heat waves become more frequent, ocean waves are likewise increasing in frequency and intensity.

Four deaths were confirmed by officials as American media reported another, and the storm has wreaked havoc in the Carolinas, lashing the U.S. states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes.

Through the day, the storm's pace slowed even more, from 10 miles per hour Thursday morning to 3 miles per hour by Friday evening.

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