Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space

NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

NASA's Aqua satellite provides an infrared look at the large and powerful Hurricane Florence taken yesterday (13 September).

The storm's first casualties were reported in Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where this pier is located.

Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence
Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday. NASA released a video of the hurricane on Monday as captured by cameras mounted outside the International Space Station.

The storm, which is poised to electrify millions this week within the southeastern USA, is "expected to raise existence-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Middle (NHC) talked about.

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

Early on Wednesday, astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this absolutely stunning image of Florence's eye from the International Space Station, some 250 miles above Earth. Previously he was awarded the fourth of five capacity categories of hurricanes according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Both states, as well as Virginia, have ordered mass evacuations along the coast, as the NHC has warned that Florence will bring a "life-threatening storm surge", as well as catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.

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