Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

- Hurricane Florence has continued to rapidly intensify, now reaching Category 4 storm strength as it closes in on the Carolinas.

To the east, Hurricanes Isaac and Helene (far right) are seen in the Atlantic Ocean. It is moving to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

Heavy rain could cause severe flooding throughout the region.

If or when hurricane Florence does make it to the US coastline it could do so as a major hurricane, as intensity forecasts show Florence reaching a higher storm category again.

It's too early to know the exact path of Florence, but forecasters said it could blow ashore along a stretch of the U.S. East Coast that experts have already identified as the most vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change. Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and OH could also see strong winds.

In its 11 p.m. Sunday advisory, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of almost 75 miles per hour.

Here are the 5 AM EDT Key Messages for Hurricane #Florence.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 2 storm and is still forecast to slam into the southeastern United States.

The coast can expect tropical storm-force winds as early as Wednesday night and likely Thursday morning, with the highest probability of winds in the Carolinas.

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm. No doubt evacuation orders will continue over the next few days for cities and town up and down the Coastline in those areas. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's "most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

All government services will remain in operation tomorrow as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

Florence is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, along with Helene and Isaac.

Risky storms are also threatening parts of the the Pacific Ocean.

The storm became a hurricane Sunday morning.

The storm was moving west-northwest at around nine miles per hour, and was forecast to drench a large swath of the US East Coast running from northern Florida to New Jersey. "We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!"

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