This is the incredible moment when an airplane makes a trip inside the eye of Hurricane Florence.
The filming was launched by the Hurricane Research Division on Tuesday, days before the monstrous storm hit the Carolinas.
In the video, a plane is seen flying through the eerily quiet eye of Florence as the division's scientists explored the east coast.
The scientists were flying in their WP-3D Turboprop Aircraft, which gave them access to the lower and middle troposphere.
This is the incredible moment when an airplane makes a trip inside the eye of Hurricane Florence. The filming was launched by the Hurricane Research Division on Tuesday, days before the monstrous storm hit the Carolinas.
In the video, a plane is seen flying through the eerily quiet eye of Florence as the division's scientists explored the east coast. Scientists were flying in their WP-3D Turboprop Aircraft, which gave them access to the lower and middle troposphere
Hurricane Florence has forced the evacuation of more than one million residents.
Motorists moved inland on freeways turned into unidirectional evacuation routes on Tuesday, when around 1.7 million people were warned in three states to get out of hurricane Florence, a grisly storm that swept the Carolinas with winds from 140 mph and potentially ruinous rains.
Florence is expected to descend late on Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and squeeze for days, discharging 1 to 2.5 feet of rain that could cause inland flooding and wreak havoc on the environment by washing industrial waste sites and pig farms.
Meteorologists and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and not to go over the words when describing the threat.
& # 39; This storm is a monster. It is big and it is vicious. It is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening historical hurricane, "said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
He added: "The waves and the wind that this storm can bring is not like anything you've seen." Even if you've had storms before, this one is different. Do not bet your life to ride a monster.
Some expected divine intervention.
"I'm praying and as prepared as I can be," Steven Hendrick said as he filled gas cans near Conway, South Carolina.
More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane alert or surveillance on the East Coast of the United States. UU., According to the National Meteorological Service, and another 4 million people were under surveillance of tropical storms.
Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen to the state of category 5 on Tuesday, with more than 1.7 million people ordered to evacuate as the powerful storm barrels to North and South Carolina.
Vehicles lined with heavy traffic (up) in Wallace, North Carolina on Tuesday
The store's bread racks are empty as people stock up on food in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday before the arrival of Hurricane Florence
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, paving the way for federal aid.
He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.
All three states ordered massive evacuations along the coast. But getting out of danger could be difficult.
Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm wave was being pushed 300 miles in front of her eye, and so wet that a fringe from South Carolina to Ohio and Pennsylvania could be flooded.
People throughout the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board their homes, take their boats out of the water and leave the city.
A line of heavy traffic moved away from the coast on Interstate 40, the main route between the port city of Wilmington and the interior of Raleigh.
Between the two cities, with an interval of approximately two hours, the traffic flowed smoothly in some places and was paralyzed in others due to the mudguards.
Only a trickle of vehicles was going in the opposite direction, including trucks carrying plywood and other construction materials.
The National Hurricane Center expects Florence to become a "major, extremely dangerous hurricane" & # 39; Thursday night before touching land, probably in southeastern North Carolina.
Two other storms are also turning in the Atlantic behind Florence: Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene.
Long lines were formed at service stations, and some began to run out of fuel to the west of Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed on the pumps to show that they were out of service.
Some store shelves were cleaned.
& # 39; There is no water. No juices No canned goods, "said Kristin Harrington while shopping at a Walmart in Wilmington.
At 5:00 p.m., the storm centered 785 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph.
It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, but it was expected to continue to draw energy from the hot water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 mph or more.
Florence is the most dangerous of the three tropical systems in the Atlantic.
Tropical storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from the earth.
Meteorologists also tracked two other disturbances.
The coastal surge in Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than nine feet of water in points, according to the projections.
"This really scares me," said the director of the National Hurricane Center, Ken Graham.
Federal officials urged residents to assemble emergency kits and have a plan on where to go.
"This storm is going to end the days of power in weeks, it's going to destroy the infrastructure, it's going to destroy homes," said Jeff Byard, an official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Meteorologists said parts of North Carolina could receive 20 inches of rain, if not more, with up to 10 inches in other parts of the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, DC.
A reliable computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina.
A year ago, people would have laughed at such a forecast, but the European model was successful in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so one begins to wonder what these models know that we No, "said the University of Brian McNoldy, Miami hurricane expert, he said.
The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have declared states of emergency
Brian Franklin prepares more generators for sale as people buy supplies at The Home Depot in Wilmington
Florence strengthened rapidly in a potentially catastrophic hurricane on Monday when it approached North and South Carolina
The measured rain in feet is "likely," he said.
The storm forced people to cut their vacations along the coast.
Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full southern experience during her 10-week vacation in the RV: warm weather, good food, beautiful beaches and, finally, a hurricane evacuation.
Florence interrupted her stay on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It took Matheson and her husband almost all day on Monday to drive the 60 miles of barrier island.
& # 39; It was so beautiful. The water was fabulous. Eighty-five degrees, "Matheson said, pausing for a moment. "I guess that's a big part of the problem."
The road planned by Florence includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, wells containing coal ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.
Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before the hurricane winds hit.
The governor of North Carolina issued what he called the first mandatory evacuation order for the fragile barrier islands of North Carolina from one end of the coast to the other.
In general, local governments in North Carolina call for evacuations.
"We've seen accidents and we've seen hurricanes before," Cooper said, "but this one is different."