ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Skyline in Perth Western Australia in 2013. In front Swan River seen from Sir James Mitchell Park. XXL size image

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This rainfall may cause unsafe flash flooding. Ballance called the rainfall "biblical", saying he's gotten reports from friends that his downtown seafood restaurant was flooded, just like the rest of the small city's historic downtown, and he's anxious about the hundreds of people who needed to be rescued overnight in the city. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades.

No storm-related deaths or serious injuries were reported in the hours immediately after Florence hit but authorities said more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.

The town of Oriental had gotten more than 457mm of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 355mm and it was still coming down. "We recently moved in the area and it does not seem to be a flood zone", James told Newsday.

The hurricane centre also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as the storm neared shore.

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He said during a reception for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients at the White House: 'We're getting tremendous accolades from politicians and the people but we are ready'.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com. "I have never seen a hurricane that is literally going to be with us for two days", he said.

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The simulation even includes a vehicle floating behind her as Navarro warns that rising water levels "could even float some cars".

Many residents along the coast were issued mandatory evacuations, with forecasters warning of "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding". Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. "To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

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