In the case of these recent flights, the hurricane hunters helped confirm that "Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major storm through Thursday night", according to the National Hurricane Center.
"This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years", US President Donald Trump warned on Twitter.
Other impacts, like potential rain, depend upon what Florence does after it makes landfall, the meteorologist said.
Watches in effect Tuesday forecast a storm surge of up to 12 feet at high tide from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. While people on the ground are preparing for floods, high winds and surging waves, satellites and astronauts in orbit are looking down on the storm from above, and the views are startling. The storm, as of Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. EDT, has sustained maximum winds of 130 miles per hour, keeping it as a Category 4, and is still expected to be a major hurricane when it hits land.
Florence was some 2,414km away from the East Coast and moving west at roughly six miles per hour on Sunday morning, according to CNN.
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"This one really scares me", said the National Hurricane Center director, Ken Graham, who called the storm's size "staggering".
Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.
"You're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge and also the winds".
HOLDEN BEACH, N.C.: The powerful Hurricane Florence threatened to bring "days and days" of rain and potentially deadly flooding to the US southeast coast, North Carolina's governor warned on Tuesday, as some 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes.
Hurricane and storm surge warnings went up Tuesday along the coast of both Carolinas.
"It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane".
Hurricane Florence causing 85-mph winds, will become major hurricane Monday
Hurricane Helene is expected to turn north into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center . A forecast from the hurricane center projected that Florence will pick up speed in the coming days.
"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference on Tuesday.
A shop owner boards up his Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, building.
AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said: "There will be extensive damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence due to its predicted path, which is perpendicular to the coast, rather than at an oblique angle".
Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.
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