NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'

Hurricane Florence is gaining strength as it moves west

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm.

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

The firm will have a better estimate for total insured losses after Florence makes landfall.

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, which frees up the way for federal aid.

Weekend sporting events have already been canceled, with possibly more to come. More than 758,000 homes in the Carolinas and Virginia are at risk, according to risk assessment service CoreLogic.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. "He lives in North Carolina".

Massive waves of up to 83 feet were measured inside the storm on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch said, citing satellite altimeter data. The only exception was Edisto Beach - that and other areas to the north remain under evacuation orders. Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help residents evacuate quickly.

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A tweet from the NWS said the storm would be "a marathon vs. a sprint" as it hovered over the area dumping heavy rainfall. Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat.

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Marked his first start for the Toffees last time out with an assist, and is likely to start again this weekend. I need to be ready for that but I haven't got a target. "Mentally after the break it is hard ", he said.

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday (Sept. 13 or 14), likely as a Category 3 hurricane, meaning it will have winds blowing at a minimum of 111 miles per hour (178 km/h), Samson said. "So if the hurricane does actually make it inland in North Carolina before making that turn west or south, that would further weaken the hurricane and potentially weaken the effects for the Beaufort area as it heads south or west".

Losses from Florence could be on par with those from two previous storms: Hurricane Hazel, which ravaged North Carolina in 1954, causing $15 billion in losses, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which caused $20 billion, according to a report from risk modeling firm RMS on Tuesday.

To back up that point, Graham cited a sobering statistic: "50 percent of the fatalities in these tropical systems is the storm surge - and that's not just along the coast".

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast. Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Those areas are expected to experience tropical storm conditions and rainfall amount of up to 8 inches, and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands facing possible isolated amounts on 4 inches.

Greg Postel, hurricane and storm specialist for The Weather Channel.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all three states, with Florence likely to bring widespread flooding and destruction once it arrives.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico.

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