Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence

Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure

Large and risky, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

Hurricane Florence is pictured on the doppler radar on board a HC-130J Hercules as it flys through, out of Savanah Air National Guard Base, Savanah, Georgia, U.S. Airport, in this September 12, 2018 handout photo. As if the storm itself is not risky enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 225 kph earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.

"But we can't replace us so we made a decision to come here".

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

By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.

"The vast majority of the time the horses know what to do, and they are able to get to higher ground or protect themselves", said Gillikin. "Your time is running out".

Long said the danger was not only along the coast.

"We're watching [Florence], but it's not going to affect us in the near term", Tome said.

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But the real threat from Florence isn't from wind, it's from water, with the National Hurricane Center warning of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

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

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.

Some people, such as Jennie, are refusing to heed evacuation warnings.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo. But officials are not taking down their guard yet, and would wait until early next week to determine whether BGE could afford to send crews to other regions to help, she said. "I'm not leaving him here".

Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "I charged the batteries of my electronic devices, I have beers and video games".

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