Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Hurricane Florence is on course to deliver a potentially devastating blow to the Carolina coast

Hurricane Florence is on course to deliver a potentially devastating blow to the Carolina coast

Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018.

While Arnold and his fellow Expedition 56 crewmembers have been keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence and other Atlantic storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been monitoring the weather systems with its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series. The storm is strengthening rapidly and is expected to become a major hurricane very soon.

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Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC . Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order.

According to the forecast of meteorologists from the National centre for monitoring hurricanes, the US, South-East mainland territory of the country hurricane Florence will arrive on Thursday, September 13, and will hit the coast with wind speed above 230 km/h.

Florence is set to reach the coastline of North and SC early Friday (Sept. 14), according to NASA and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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US President Donald Trump said the "storm looks very bad" and urged people to take precautions. Business owners prepare for Hurricane Florence in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory.

Hurricane Florence had already reached the fourth category out of five possible, the state of emergency was introduced in the States of Maryland and Virginia.

Florence's predicted path as of Wednesday has it making landfall on the SC coast, just south of North Carolina. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

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Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

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