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NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"

NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office predicted "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages", cautioning that the deadliest risk would come from flooding. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge. Hurricane Helene stays out over the eastern Atlantic as it swings north this week towards the Azores by the weekend and last but not least over the central Pacific Tropical Storm Olivia draws closer towards the Hawaiian Islands, threatening flooding.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Monday night: "Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday". But authorities warned it will still be an extremely risky hurricane. "I'd say get ready".

"Not only has the storm exploded in intensity, but its zone of hurricane-force winds approximately doubled in size Monday", the Washington Post reports.

US President Donald Trump has issued a series of warnings telling people to prepare.

"Don't play games with it". She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

The video shows the scale of the risky storm, which is due to make landfall on Thursday.

Storm surge could be as high as 6 to 12 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout on North Carolina's southeast coast.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

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The storm was getting stronger and stronger. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks. Ray Cooper said at a news conference Monday.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculates that Hurricane Florence could dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain in seven days over the Carolinas and Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. Evacuations were happening along the coast of North and South Carolina, and the projected landfall was expected between Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Even if Florence hits as "only" a Category 3 hurricane, it will still cause "devastating damage".

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

"We've had our lessons".

North Carolina's governor urged people to learn what evacuation routes to take and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. They have shared a hurricane preparedness toolkit that you can find here. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said.