NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence begin to approach the East Coast

"Just because you're not on the coast doesn't mean you won't get some big impact".

The warmth isn't extraordinary for this time of year, said Amy Seeley, a meteorologist for the weather service.

"Wave heights to 83 ft were measured early this morning under the [northeast] quadrant of Hurricane Florence", tweeted the National Hurricane Center. "Kind of like Sandy", said George Kourounis, a storm-chaser from Toronto, who is in Wilmington, N.C. Hurricane Sandy formed in the Atlantic in 2012, hitting Jamaica and the Bahamas as a Category 1.

"We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful". Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

Matt Wain, chief operations officer at Medical University of South Carolina Health.

While its exact path remains uncertain it is expected to bring huge amounts of rainfall wherever it strikes.

More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports.

But the Miami-based NHC stressed it remained "a life-threatening situation" due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas.

The forecast calls for as much as 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the center of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains. In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. The heaviest rainfall is still expected in South and North Carolina, with upwards of 30 inches of rainfall possible in some locations.

Other bars in North Carolina stayed open on Wednesday night (amid warnings to evacuate) and advertised local beer, pizza and vodka, the Daily Mail reported. Harvey was an excellent example of how the rain from a hurricane can be its own tremendous danger, and there's no point in taking chances. With about $30 billion in damages, Hurricane Ike was, at the time, the second-costliest USA hurricane on record. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".

Florence has it all: Hot ocean temperatures that fuel hurricanes.

"It's going to be a lot of wind".

Live 5 News: "Lowcountry hospitals prepare for Hurricane Florence" - "Hospitals across the Lowcountry are preparing for Hurricane Florence".

Florence is predicted to turn more toward the northwest through Thursday - but then is expected to head more west-northwest and stall a bit over the Carolinas.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm overnight on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale but it is still packing hurricane-force winds of 165km/h, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet have been forecast in some areas when the monster storm eventually makes landfall in North and SC.

Tropical Storm Isaac moved between the islands of Martinique and Dominica this morning, where warnings were issued to the population. "It's been an ordeal but we're coming through this fairly well", Arakawa said at a news conference. Florence could bring life-threatening storm surges, up to 13 feet. "It goes well inland".