Amazing, yet terrifying video from a plane flying into the eye of Hurricane Florence, takes a look inside the Category 4 storm that's barreling towards the US East Coast.
Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.
"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday".
Governor Deal said yesterday: "The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence". In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.
Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.
By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.
More than 1.5 million people have been told to flee their homes as Hurricane Florence barrels toward The Eastern seaboard.
"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.
"It's kind of scary, but now that it's dropped to a Category 3, it's really not bothering me that much", she said. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.
"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain. You feel like you should have already left".
"While Florence has weakened below major hurricane intensity, the wind field of the hurricane continues to grow in size", the NHC said in its latest bulletin.