Publicado: Sáb, Setiembre 15, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Hurricane Florence made landfall on North Carolina's Atlantic coast early Friday, triggering a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater kilometers inland and tearing apart buildings with strong winds and heavy downpours.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight.

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

Yesterday, the European Space Agency released a short video of astronauts aboard the space station watching the storm out of the cupola armed with powerful cameras to capture its giant knot of storm clouds.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come", he said.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

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As the climate warms, the way air moves through the atmosphere can become disrupted, possibly blocking these types of storms in place more often.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Hurricane-force winds extended 130km from its centre, and tropical storm-force winds reached out to 315km.

Storm surges of up to six feet were forecast for Belhaven, North Carolina, where this video was recorded on the night of September 13. He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and chose to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching. "So if you're on the beach the time to go is now".

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