Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm, could stall upon reaching the Carolina coast and make a slight shift south toward SC once it makes landfall, becoming "a major flooding event", according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean. The European Space Agency's astronaut, the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare".
This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
Gerst photographed the storm 400 kilometers, or 248 miles, above the eye.
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The National Hurricane Centre said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 metres) of inundation. The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit.
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President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia. Hurricane Helene is moving north, where it's expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.
The video tracks across the swirling clouds at the outer edges of the hurricane before passing over the eye.
Florence is joined by Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene in this snapshot taken Tuesday some 1 million miles away via NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the DSCOVR satellite.
The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition.