The National Hurricane Center had an eye on Florence since the end of August. Florence formed into a Tropical Storm off the coast of Africa. Here is the life of Florence in Images.
September 1st, 2018: Florence becomes the 6th named storm system for Atlantic Hurricane Season, developing off the coast of Africa. Satellite images show the storm as it started to strengthen.
By Tuesday, September 4th, we had Hurricane Florence. Florence became the 3rd hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season and would become the first Major Hurricane of the 2018 season. By September 6th, Astronaut Ricky Arnold had Florence in view from the ISS.
Hurricane Florence would weaken back into a Tropical Storm for several days and then undergo rapid intensification to become a hurricane by Sunday the 9th & once again a major hurricane by Monday the 10th. By the 12th the ISS was back overhead as Astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped jaw dropping photos.
On the morning of September 14th Florence would make landfall in the U.S. Florence Makes Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach North Carolina. Ricky Arnold watches from the ISS.
Here was the radar view as Florence made landfall Friday morning:
GIF: Loop of Hurricane Florence making landfall this morning along the North Carolina coast. As of 11 AM ET, #Florence had sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving to the west-southwest at 3 mph.
(Graphic powered by @AerisWeather) pic.twitter.com/Xc81QQgZdW
— Praedictix Weather (@Praedictix) September 14, 2018
The Destruction: Within hours towns became flooded from storm surge & rain.
A before and after picture of the storm surge at Union Point in New Bern, North Carolina. Courtesy of @hurricanetrack pic.twitter.com/qAcHwD11sy
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) September 13, 2018
Water Rescues continue as river flooding will continue this week.
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