Now, while the US East Coast gets prepared for the Category 3 storm (earlier downgraded from four), Hurricane Florence satellite images revealed that two more storms are swirling above the Atlantic Ocean, forming a rare phenomenon.
Hurricane Florence satellite image disclosed a rare phenomenon over the Atlantic
The new satellite imageries taken by NOAA uncovered Tropical Storm Isaac, a former hurricane, as it’s moving towards the Caribbean, and Hurricane Helene swirling right off the coast of Africa as it’s expected to fly further over the ocean before taking a turn towards Europe.
Interestingly, the Atlantic Ocean housed three hurricanes at the same time, that before Tropical Storm Isaac being downgraded from its former hurricane status. The phenomenon is a rare one that took place only 11 times in the last 130 years.
“The Atlantic now has three hurricanes at the same time: Hurricane Florence, Helene, and Isaac. This one is the 11th year on record that the Atlantic has had 3 or more hurricanes simultaneously. Other years were 1893, 1926, 1950, 1961, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1998, 2010, and 2017,” said on Twitter Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU specialized in Atlantic seasonal hurricane forecasts.
State of emergency declared for the US East Coast due to Hurricane Florence
According to the latest Hurricane Florence satellite images, the massive storm is now heading towards North and South Carolina and Virginia. Apparently, the hurricane is just a few hundred miles away from the North Carolina’s coastline.
The local authorities declared the state of emergency across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to the approaching of the Hurricane Florence, while millions of residents of the coastlines have been asked to leave their homes.
“Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster,” stated Roy Cooper, North Carolina governor.
Unfortunately, FEMA, the federal authority responsible for intervening when natural disasters occur, reported staff and financial shortages. Hopefully, Hurricane Florence will pass without causing much damage.