The MISR instrument, flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, carries nine cameras that observe the Earth in different angles. It takes about seven minutes for the cameras to observe the same location. This stereo anaglyph shows a 3-d view of Florence. You will need red-blue 3D glasses, with the red lens over the left eye, the effect. The anaglyph shows the high clouds associated with strong thunderstorms in the eyewall of the hurricane, and the individual strong thunderstorms in the outer rain bands. These smaller storms can sometimes spawn tornadoes. (Credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL-Caltech, MISR Team)
Thanks to the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), NASA has demonstrated an incredible 3D view of the Hurricane Florence as it approached the eastern part of the US.
The MISR passed over the storm on Thursday, NASA said. It has nine cameras that exist on the Earth at all times, from different angles. It usually takes about seven minutes for the cameras look at the same location, so the above image special. To view the 3D effects, 3D glasses required.
“At the time the images were acquired, Florence was a large Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (169 km / h),” NASA wrote on its website. “The center of the storm was about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. The coastal areas had already begun to experience tropical-storm-wind power, and millions of people across several states were under evacuation orders.”
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Since then, Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, and made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early Friday morning. It thrashed the already battered coast with hurricane-strength winds and heavy rainfall that officials warned could lead to catastrophic flooding in the interior.
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with an estimate of the maximum gusts of 90 km / h (150 km/h) and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
The National Hurricane Center said Florence eyewall made landfall at 7:15 a.m. a few miles east of Wilmington, with an estimate of the maximum gusts of 90 km / h that pushed life-threatening storm miles inland, and, combined with a continuous pelting rain, severely damaged buildings.
A few hours after landfall, forecasters said Florence was slowly wobbling southwestward just off the coast of southern North Carolina.
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At 11 a.m., Florence was centered about 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, and about 55 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S. C. It was crawling west-southwest at 3 mph, the hoisting of the huge amounts of ocean moisture and dumping it far away from the coast.
Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia