Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Time-lapse footage captured hurricane-hunting plane fly through Florence (VIDEO)

Florence is projecting hurricane-force winds outward up to 80 miles from its center; tropical-storm-force winds are swirling outward up to 195 miles away.In addition to the hurricane's obvious risks, the National Weather Service says, "A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday".

The centre of Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, will approach the coasts of North and SC today, the NHC said, adding that it was expected to weaken after it moved inland.

Its maximum sustained winds slackened slightly to 125 mph, qualifying it as a Category 3 storm, but its wind field has grown, with hurricane-force winds extending out 70 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds stretching as far as 175 miles from the storm's center. "Everybody is trying to get out of the coast", she said.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top.

Some forecasters have predicted it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit the region.

And during last year's Hurricane Irma, officials said 12 people died in Florida's Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after temperatures in the nursing home rose to 99 degrees.

"I went out to try and get all the extra things, they tell you to prepare for seven days with no power, so you got to think about having canned food, water, bread and that could not be found", she said.

One of them, Kermit, recently flew through Hurricane Florence - and it captured some rather incredible footage in the process.

It was located 575 miles (925 kms) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving at 17 mph (28 kph) in a west-northwest direction. Because the storm was so strong earlier in the week, it built up a wall of water which will push inland as the storm surge.

He compared Florence's wind field to Hurricane Sandy, which was only a Category 1 storm when it made landfall but still caused devastating effects along the Jersey Shore in New Jersey in 2012. Slower storms mean more rainfall over a smaller area.

But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges.

The entire coastlines of North and SC, in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan.

The videos reiterate how powerful and risky these storms can be.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas". The GFS model has 20 or so inches of rain falling over the next couple of days and you can see how that rain accumulates over time. Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, which borders SC and includes the historic port city of Savannah, urged residents who feel unsafe "to evacuate as they see fit".

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