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Incredible video shows plane flying into eye of Hurricane Florence

13 September 2018

The experts managed to film the center of Florence as it makes its way toward the east coast, igniting evacuations all across the Carolinas, Virginia and DC. Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

The waves are produced by being trapped along with incredibly strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion.

A satellite image showing Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean this week.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 110 miles per hour (175 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of U.S. dollars. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

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With less than 48 hours before Hurricane Florence was forecast to reach shore, officials in the Carolinas were still pleading for residents to evacuate communities in the storm's path.

At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds, churned ever closer to the US East Coast on Wednesday as evacuations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods. Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) declared a state of emergency for Georgia Wednesday.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

All 22 of the FBS and FCS games scheduled this weekend in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina were canceled or adjusted in some way due to the storm, according to CBS' Jerry Palm. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.

It has Hanover County Commissioner Woody White very anxious.

Incredible video shows plane flying into eye of Hurricane Florence