Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas early Friday with howling winds, life-threatening storm surges and torrential rains as it edged closer to the coast in what officials warned is a "once in a lifetime" event.
The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.
The Hurricane Center's Dennis Feltgen reiterated that warning, saying 90 percent of hurricane-related deaths are from problems that arise with the massive amounts of water.
Preceded first by the storm surge and the winds, heavy rains were picking up as of late Thursday afternoon, the beginning of an onslaught that for some areas may not relent for days.
Operations at the ports of Wilmington, Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk in Virginia, which together handled 23 per cent of East Coast imports in 2017, have been disrupted by the storm. These sustained winds will continue through much of the weekend.
"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.More news: Manafort to plead guilty
Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.
By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. New Bern is seeing the worst storm surge from Florence as flood waters are being pushed out of the Pamlico Sound. It could then head west and southwest.
Parts of the Mid-Atlantic states can also expect heavy rains from what is left of Florence well into next week.
The Charleston area will see winds near tropical storm strength of 40 miles per hour and somewhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain.
"Because of the slow movement of the storm, the rain is going to have plenty of time keep piling up", said Feltgen. Their predictions call for moderate flooding at 43 rivers in North Carolina and SC within the next 12 hours. Tens of thousands were without power.More news: Former Patriots among 2019 HOF nominees
Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.
Dresner said there was also a brief tornado warning Thursday night. "So far, the power is on - Waffle House is open".
"But we can't replace us so we chose to come here".
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.
President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they ask for. And while he's managed to pull tobacco leaves from the field, he's concerned because they require curing in a barn with power.More news: Sick Southern Resident orca hasn't been seen for 'several days'