Hurricane Florence: Residents urged to rush as ‘unprecedented disaster’ looms

The eye of Hurricane Florence is seen on Tuesday morning

The projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, according to the midday Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, is expected.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with an expected landfall early Friday. During the massive gridlock preceding Hurricane Rita in 2005, which saw around 2.5 million people fleeing the area, a bus full of elderly patients caught fire and led to the death of two dozen passengers.

Despite newer forecasts showing the storm turning south, it has the potential to be devastating for the coast and inland areas.

Wind speeds of unsafe Hurricane Florence decreased slightly Wednesday afternoon to 120 miles per hour according to the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

No storm watches or warnings are in effect for Georgia.

Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography.

We are in the Cape Fear region in North Carolina, where residents have been rushing to escape inland.

In Charleston, South Carolina, streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.

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The video, taken with a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station, shows a "stark and sobering view" of the Category 4 storm as it moves in a west-northwesterly direction across the Atlantic.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina.

Over the last several years, Ohio Task Force 1 has aided with hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel. "This is not a pretty sight".

Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.

Florence's path remains uncertain.

Storm 91W, Typhoon Mangkhut and Storm 27W appear to be heading towards South East Asia as they line up in the Western Pacific. Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.

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