Intense storm activity across the Atlantic Ocean • Earth.com

Last update: June 18th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows a trio of storms moving across the North Atlantic Ocean on September 9, 2018.

Florence, Isaac, and Helene are all visible in this image captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

The biggest threat is posed by Hurricane Florence, which is slowly moving toward the eastern coast of the United States as a Category 4 storm with wind speeds of up to 140 miles per hour.

As of Tuesday evening, Hurricane Florence was centered 785 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. So far, at least 1.7 million people in three states have been urged to evacuate ahead of what is being called a historic, life-threatening storm.

The hurricane is expected to bring catastrophic storm surge to the Carolinas, as well as the potential for torrential rainfall and devastating flooding in coastal and inland regions from South Carolina to Pennsylvania.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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