Astronaut takes photo showing power of Hurricane Florence from space

This Sept. 10 2018 GOES East satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of several East Coast states millions of Americans have been preparing for what could

Hurricane Helene is maintaining strength as it swirls over the far eastern Atlantic.

The Carolinas will likely bear the brunt of Florence's wrath. Our prayers and thoughts go to our friends, family and loyal readership in that part of our coverage area.

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables on Tuesday at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina. "Some neighbors started defoliating a little bit of cotton last week, but most are waiting until after the storm passes". We're waiting it out now.

Animal-manure lagoons are also at risk of flooding. In 2016, the state gave the company until August 1, 2019, to dig up and close some coal-ash pits and nearly a decade more to deal with others. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before".

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different". It's very important we work together as a team. Farmers will be using the next several days to prepare for the storm, he said.

The National Hurricane Center issued its first set of Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Tuesday for the East Coast as Hurricane Florence continues its trek toward North Carolina. The storm is predicted to cause massive damage with life-threatening storm surge and flooding.

The Atlantic reports, "Since records began, only 10 major hurricanes have made landfall around the Carolinas".

There's the potential that spillover from open lagoons or wash away from barns or fields could get into water used for drinking or recreation, according to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental group.

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The storm could also affect other games scheduled for the Carolinas or Viginia, with other potential affected Saturday matchups including Clemson-Georgia Southern, South Carolina-Marshall, Virginia Tech-East Carolina and Virginia-Ohio.

Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way routes yesterday as more than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 210 kmh winds and potentially ruinous rains.

Florence is on track to slow down significantly after landfall.

Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.

The crew gathers information on wind speeds, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity to help NOAA make more accurate forecasts of the storm's intensity and path.

- Tornadoes are possible as the storm meanders near or over the Carolinas. That would make Florence the costliest storm ever to hit the U.S.in terms of property loss.

Cooper said local governments are typically responsible for issuing evacuation orders in North Carolina, and some localities have already issued orders to evacuate. Residents of Zone A are urged to move to higher ground.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.

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