Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Unbelievable astronaut photos show hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic

Unbelievable astronaut photos show hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic

"Whatever happens, we're going to have a lot of rain and a lot of wind, even if the hurricane goes farther north", McMaster said.

Hurricanes have a life cycle, moving from tropical storm to full-on hurricane.

Isaac was moving westwardly at nine miles per hour at the time.

Here's what should you know about the powerful storm's path.

"A big question on this track is how intense the storm remains over the Research Triangle area of North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill", Watson said.

According to the NHC advisory, Hurricane Florence is now located 575 miles (925 km) south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but several other hurricanes are brewing as well. "Everyone should start preparing now". On Monday, it quickly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence takes aim at US East Coast
Florence was centered about 985 miles (1,585 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 7 mph (11 kph). SC and Virginia declared states of emergencies to give residents time to make preparations for the severe weather.

Separately, the industry and Caribbean region will also be watching now hurricane Isaac closely, which is currently heading towards the Leeward Islands and forecast to reach them at hurricane strength.

"That scenario has a high probability of occurring in North Carolina and Virginia and possibly portions of neighboring states in the Southeast, Appalachians and mid-Atlantic late this week and this coming weekend", Sosnowski added.

Isaac was about 1230 miles (1985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kmh) early Monday.

"The chances of it going out to sea are extremely slim at this point", she said. NCDOT employees are readying hurricane response equipment like bulldozers, motor graders and chainsaws to ensure they're good to go.

Helene, now classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well. September is the peak month for tropical weather - and Sept. 10 is the statistical peak day, said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

The state of SC is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday. "Some units will not get underway due to maintenance status but will be taking extra precautions to avoid potential damage". Gov. Roy Cooper declared North Carolina under a state of emergency last Friday.

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