Incredible pictures show hurricane set to hit US this weekend
Incredible pictures taken from space show the size of a category four hurricane set to hit the US with force this weekend.
It's thought that Hurricane Florence could be one of the most devastating to hit the country's east coast. Storm watchers believe that the hurricane is on course to strike the coast of North Carolina, making landfall at Wilmington on Thursday.
The storm has been brewing in the Atlantic, it now threatens the strongest storm surge to hit the Carolinas in decades, forecasters say. It's believed to be moving at a speed of around 17mph, bringing heavy rain and winds of 175mph.
Homes and businesses boarded up ahead of 'monster' storm striking
Good Morning Britain's Nick Dixon is in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the hurricane is set to make landfall on Thursday.
More than one million people have faced an impossible choice - stay home and brave the storm, or leave and face long traffic queues. Authorities are urging people to leave the area, President Donald Trump said that enforcement authorities will struggle to help those who choose to stay in the area in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
Yesterday, NASA tweeted the image of the view saying it is continuing to develop and is strengthening.
The last category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Harvey which struck the Texas in 2017, took the lives of more than 100 people after winds of 130mph struck the state. It caused $125billion in damage, the most caused by a tropical storm.
The story on the ground
Good Morning Britain Correspondent Nick Dixon is on the ground at Wilmington, the city where the storm is forecast to make landfall.
"We’ve been broadcasting in Wilmington tonight, pretty much the exact ‘bullseye’ position for Hurricane Florence. It’s expected to smash the coastline here on Thursday night/Friday morning and we could feel the tension here as soon as we arrived. Driving through, all you can see is boarded up windows, deserted properties and sandbags around homes. It’s all people can do protect their belongings.
A few locals were having a beer on their roof, they’d just finished packing up the small amount of belongings they can travel with and are ready to evacuate. One of the told me that ‘they know the place will be devastated’ when they return. All they can do is leave and hope for the best."
"Many other Wilmington residents have already gone. The few who remain have either decided to tough it out and try to get through the hurricane, or evacuate tonight by 8pm. Beyond that, authorities say it’s not safe to be here.
We checked into our hotel after the GMB broadcast to be told the place will definitely have no power from Thursday night. “Make sure you have food, water and flash lights...”