Hurricanes: Astronauts see Florence, Isaac, Helene storms from space

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Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as a "major" storm. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

In South Carolina, mandatory evacuation orders take effect Tuesday at noon in eight counties along the state's 187-mile coastline. "Storm Surge and Hurricane watches are likely be issued for portions of these areas on Tuesday", said the NHC. If you live in a flood prone area, move to higher ground before the storm arrives.

This week, most major USA airlines are waiving change fees for passengers whose plans change because they are flying to or from cities in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence - which formed as a tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean on August 31 - is now a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which measures hurricane strength from 1 to 5.

Maximum wind speeds were 140mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 40 miles (65km) from the centre.

Nasa said the storm, now brewing above the Atlantic Ocean, had weakened to Category 1 strength, but is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the United States mainland.

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"Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale", it noted.

Schools in affected areas will begin to close on Tuesday and lanes on some highways will be reversed to aid evacuations.

Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night.

Ricky Arnold, a NASA astronaut aboard the space station, was in the right place at the right time to photograph two of the giant storms from about 250 miles above Earth.

The winds should diminish some late Friday in central North Carolina, but with the storm forecast to slow down or stall out, the rain may continue through the entire weekend.

The Navy ordered all ships at the world's largest base to sea on Monday to avoid the battering of Hurricane Florence.

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"This is going to produce heavy rainfall, and it may not move very fast".

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

NOAA Hurricane Florence is forecast to hit the northeast coast later this week.

Meteorologists are forecasting that Florence will continue to pick up speed before making its landfall between SC and North Carolina on Thursday as a category 3 or higher hurricane.

On Sunday, Florence reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane.

This isn't some guy on the internet sounding the alarm, this is our elected officials telling us that an incredibly unsafe hurricane is on its way, likely to the Carolinas.

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