Hurricane Florence Satellite Images Revealed Rare Phenomenon Over The Atlantic

Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence is churning towards the U.S. east coast, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate the path of the extremely unsafe storm, which forecasters said could soon intensify.

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

Of three named tropical systems, Hurricane Florence is by far the most unsafe.

According to the latest Hurricane Florence satellite images, the massive storm is now heading towards North and SC and Virginia.

It is also a very large storm, with hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

"From 8am until 2pm we were slammed", said Johnson, who sold scores of bags of sand over the weekend, saving just a few to barricade the store's own doors.

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

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By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. The NHC went on to say that a few tornadoes could form in eastern and southeastern North Carolina into Friday.

"Strength, track, and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding", according to AccuWeather forecaster Dan Kottlowski on September 12.

"It's a very risky storm", Federal Emergency Management Authority administrator Jeff Byard said.

The storm was centred about 835 miles (1340 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the U.S., said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall". "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

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

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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