NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.

Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach in southeast North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people".

Duke Energy said in a tweet that they anticipate 1 to 3 million outages across the Carolinas, adding that restoration in the hardest-hit communities could take weeks. He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and chose to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

"I think it's going to be a little worse than other people thought", he said, looking out over the beach. He said that only 300 of the city's 22,000 residents have power as of Friday afternoon, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimetres) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimetres) in just a few hours.

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

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By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

In New Bern, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who opted not to follow a mandatory evacuation order that was issued three days ago.

It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

A North Carolina city situated between two rivers says it has around 150 people waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out.

Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated".

More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.

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