Mother Nature hasn’t been too pleased lately, and climate change experts attribute her wrath of stronger and more frequent hurricanes and typhoons to a warming planet. Well, it looks like Mother Nature is indeed unhappy, first hitting Japan with Typhoon Jebi, and now looking to wreak havoc in the southeastern United States with Hurricane Florence. Although Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 (or a hurricane with winds blowing anywhere from 130 to 156 miles per hour) to a Category 2 hurricane (or a hurricane with winds blowing anywhere from 96 to 110 miles per hour), meteorologists continue to warn that Hurricane Florence will be the strongest hurricane that the Carolinas have seen in almost thirty years. Who’s backing up their claim?
Astronauts hanging out in the International Space Station! They’ve seen the hurricane from outer space and … well … they can confirm its monstrous size. Instead of hunkering down and staying put, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina weren’t going to take any chances and issued mandatory evacuation orders for their coastal towns. What does that mean? It means that the governors of these states told over one million people who live in these coastal towns to leave, pronto! While Hurricane Florence has already reached some parts of the Carolinas, battering the states with strong winds and rains, it’s uncertain how much damage the hurricane will ultimately cause. To our friends in the south: Stay safe!
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