Hurricane Florence is a stone's throw from North and South Carolina, and she will not leave soon. Outer Hurricane Burden Threatened Land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slowly moving eye of the storm to blow on the North Carolina-South Carolina line.
Florence is about 644 kilometers wide and the winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km / h to 165 km / h, causing the hurricane to fall from a frightening category 4 to a category 2.
Yet the storm has the capacity for enormous destruction. Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas that reached 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. Officials say that people who refuse to evacuate can only be soaked and end up in the dark, because rescue teams are not out of the need to help with wind speeds above 80 km / h.
When it approached the US on Wednesday, the International Space Station (ISS) recorded some startling images.
Looking at the scene from space, the German Alexander Gerst, an astronaut on board the ISS, tweeted photos of the enormous storm. He said the hurricane could only be recorded on a super wide lens, even from 400 kilometers.
The head of the North Carolina operations of Duke Energy Corp. says that it can take weeks to restore electricity if the company's forecast is that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power.