NHC downgrades Florence to still risky Category 3 hurricane

Storm of a lifetime’ Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

Storm of a lifetime’ Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm. With Florence, we're getting numbers saying a foot, to two, even isolated areas nearing three feet of rain may fall!

Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast late Thursday and Friday, the NHC added. "It's chilling, even from space", said Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Space Agency who now lives on ISS, on Twitter.

"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet.

If anyone left out there doubts Florence's sheer capacity to wreak havoc in the coming days, this NOAA satellite image (from former NASA scientist and Professor Marshall Shepherd) should do the convincing.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km)".

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