Awesome astronaut photos show hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic

Tuesday, 11 Sep, 2018

Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 3 storm on September 10, according to the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) update at 11 a.m.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart. The storm is already 500 miles wide - meaning a large area will be at risk when it nears land. Storm surge and freshwater flooding from rainfall could become life-threatening risks, especially from SC through the mid-Atlantic. It is moving to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. Impacts of the hurricane can also extend far from the center of the storm. The latest storm track released by the National Weather Service shows Florence moving inland Friday morning as a weaker hurricane, and possibly continuing west into central North Carolina Saturday morning.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced it has canceled classes and issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at noon today. Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and OH could also see strong winds.

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

In coastal Charleston, South Carolina, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

Anticipating Florence could directly hit the U.S. Southeast late this week, forecasters urged residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic to get ready - and not just for a direct blow against the coast.

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Hurricane Florence is expected to grow into an "extremely dangerous" hurricane by Monday as it approaches the US East Coast, the National Hurricane Center said, urging residents to make preparations. All three states have declared states of emergency. The island state is still recovering from Hurricane Lane, which brought flooding rains to many areas last month. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo smashed its way up from the SC coast near Charleston and made a beeline for Charlotte, knocking over thousands of trees and leaving many without power for weeks.

Here's what should you know about the powerful storm's path.

Nasa's satellites have been monitoring its strength and speed, as well as recording some incredible images of the massive storm.

For Central Florida, Florence will bring significant wave activity along our Atlantic coast, a risky high rip current threat, and possible coastal erosion due to the crashing waves.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Isaac is holding steady in strength over the Atlantic as it heads westward.

"This means winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday". Storms in that part of the ocean usually veer away from the U.S.