Incredible video shows plane flying into eye of Hurricane Florence

Doug Carpenter
September 13, 2018

As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph.

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia. I believe that was a Category 1 storm when it hit Charlotte.

Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. On Tuesday, William "Brock" Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Florence "could be the most unsafe storm in the history of the Carolinas".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarpaulins.

Florence continued to weaken overnight but it's still a hurricane and will likely maintain that status when it reaches the shoreline, though not as Category 3 or 4 - perhaps not even as a Category 2.

SC authorities have turned four motorways into one-way routes away from the coast to speed the exodus.

President Trump and his administration are buckling in for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane expected to slam into the Carolinas by Friday.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland.

Hurricanes have a lot of water and if the storm is moving at 10 or 15 miles per hour then it would rain itself out over a much larger area, spreading its rainfall over multiple states instead of just a couple.

People weren't the only ones evacuating to get out of the path of Florence. Officials are urging others in its path to follow suit, or prepare for the worst. "It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane". It ranged 59 to 83 feet Wednesday morning.

The overall trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate.

But the NHC warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of the US Eastern Seaboard, from southern Georgia into southern Virginia, capable of unleashing rain-fueled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam joined the chorus of warnings, and issued an evacuation order for about a quarter million residents in flood-prone coastal areas, beginning Tuesday morning.

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