Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence

Almost 800,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence continues to pound the coast with devastating storm surge, catastrophic flooding and high winds.

Across the Carolinas at least 188,000 people were without power early on Friday.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Thursday said that Hurricane Florence is likely to affect energy infrastructure throughout the southeastern region of the United States.

As of 11 p.m. EST, Florence was about 50 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 60 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves, " it said. The forecast track has the storm moving slowly along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday. She said 61 shelters had opened thus far, including 12 that are specially outfitted to help people with special medical needs. A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, has shut operations.

On Thursday morning, a tweet from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division brought this perspective on Florence's sheer size: It's "larger than SC and North Carolina combined". The storm is then expected to turn westward and then northward through the Carolinas and to the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said.

Farther south, in Carolina Beach, the northern end of the town was being swamped as water crashed over the dunes.

Catastrophic rainfall is expected to accompany the hurricane's 110 miles per hour winds.

But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Governor Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

Listen up, Mother Nature, we are not about to be hit by a hurricane without putting up a fight the best way we know how...by roasting the storm through the use of jokes on the internet. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said Thursday.

He said the massive rains meant that even areas away from the coast would be affected. When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for risky flooding.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closure of schools in 18 counties earlier in the week.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

Hurricane Florence barrels towards the United States east coast more than one million have fled their homes in hopes of surviving the potentially deadly storm.

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

About 10 million people live in areas that have been under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches.

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Elsewhere, storm surge is expected to reach heights of anywhere between 0.6 and 2.75 metres. "So the potential impact from the surge has not changed because the system is weaker", he said. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday. That storm brought 24.06 inches of rain.

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