Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and South
Carolina, and she’s not going away anytime soon. Outer bands
from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a
full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the
slow-moving storm’s eye to blow ashore around the North
Carolina-South Carolina line.
Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it’s winds have
dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the
hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.
Still, the storm has the capacity for huge destruction. Parts
of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas
getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. Officials say
people refusing to evacuate could end up alone, drenched and in
the dark, as rescue crews won’t go out to help in winds above
As it approached the U.S. on Wednesday, the International Space
Station (ISS) recorded some startling footage.
Watching the scene unfold from space, German Alexander Gerst,
an astronaut on board the ISS, tweeted photos of the enormous
storm. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a
super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.
The head of Duke Energy Corp.’s North Carolina
operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if
the company’s prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4
million customers lose power.