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ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up
Melinda Barton | 14 September, 2018, 13:48

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

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

According to Storyful, the video was shot at the Fish Heads Bar & Grill pier in Nags Head.

Parts of North and SC are expecting "catastrophic flooding" due to Florence, despite it only being a Category 1 storm.

It was forecast to make landfall mid-day Friday near Cape Fear, North Carolina, bringing up to 40 inches (1 meter) of rain, and storm surges as high as 13 feet (4 meters), the NHC said.

Storm surges are caused when huge volumes of water are pushed by hurricane-force winds. "This may be worse than what we've seen before", Assistant Fire Chief Joey Roberts said during a press conference Wednesday.

It's been an especially active start to the Atlantic hurricane season, as parts of North and SC are now bracing for impact from a major Category 3 Storm. And although the storm's wind speeds have decreased slightly, says NOAA, the size of the wind field has increased, putting more people at risk.

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

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.

Gillikin says the North Carolina Coastal Reserve stands ready to respond with whatever resources they can to help any animal suffering after the storm.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by what officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm.

Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street during Hurricane Florence in New Bern, N.C., Thursday.

The storm's center was about 145 miles (235 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of Thursday night.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles (315 kilometers) from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles (110 kilometers).

The latest predictions also show that, while Florence will pack less powerful winds, it will also slow down, allowing it to drop much more rain on the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas.

"You have water coming onshore and you can rainfall coming down that's trying to move out", he said.

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark.

The massive power behind Hurricane Florence resulted in unbelievable, and downright terrifying, images and videos taken from space.