Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

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The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, a large and risky Category 2 storm and one of 9 deadly storms circling the globe, landed on the North Carolina coast Thursday morning (local time).

"Put simply, Florence is a 'Category 5 flood threat, '" The Weather Channel concluded.

For some funky underwater footage at the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower, Explore.org has installed a camera. North Carolina has opened over 100 shelters and Charlotte cancelled school so that five of them could be turned into shelters for evacuees and residents should flooding become a problem. "That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning.

"It's getting late to evacuate", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Florence, though downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, remained risky and unpredictable, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. Tropical-Storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril.

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the USA east coast as seen from the International Space Station. Currently, the hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles from the eye. The city said early Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way.

Models agree the storm should strike land between the North Carolina-South Carolina border and the North Carolina Outer Banks, and then track across South Carolina. The coverage of rain will increase steadily as Florence moves inland tonight and through the day Friday.

"I'm not anxious at all", said Richard Ford, 34, smoking a cigarette outside one of Wilmington's five shelters.

"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income".

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"I like helping people, and I've had people help me so this is my way of giving back", she said.

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.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. Another 4,300 people were in 61 shelters in SC, officials said.

Spanish Astronaut, Alexander Gerst was part of an worldwide crew that took these incredible photos of Florence from the global Space Station and they are intense, to say the least. "Watch out America", he says. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles Islands on Thursday. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe. But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

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Hurricane Helene is heading north to open sea and now poses no danger to land after the storm hit cooler waters in the Atlantic. The president also said the states affected could get "more water than we have ever seen in a storm or a hurricane".

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