ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

Yes, you weren't the only one who saw it: there appears to be a huge penis heading straight for the U.S. coast. Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

The 400-mile wide storm is predicted to start slamming the Carolinas coast Thursday afternoon, then spread inland across the Columbia metro area - with Chesterfield, Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties now under a tropical storm watch for the first time.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday".

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night.

If you want to know more specific information about your area, head to the National Weather Service's social media page, where you can enter your zip code and find your local forecast office.

Richard "Squirrel" Cook, who lives right off the ocean in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is not obeying Gov. Henry McMaster's mandatory evacuation order. And Florence's large wind field will add to the perils as the storm grinds over beaches and inland.

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There are generally three components to a hurricane; strong winds, storm surge and heavy rain. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land. The ground is saturated with water and unlikely able to withstand the heavy, persistent rains that are expected.

What also makes Florence extremely unsafe are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

Abrams says he expects Hurricane Florence to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain in most places and that the Carolinas can expect extensive flooding. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain.

Slower movement means a hurricane has more time to inundate a region with rain and storm surge. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 miles per hour.

"As soon as a storm is about to hit, all traffic stops in and out of the area until the storm calms down and the roads are clear", she says.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

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