As Florence pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. But weather officials have cautioned that Florence's promise of heavy rains - and the flash flooding and prolonged flooding it will cause - likely will be the storm's most unsafe impact, especially since the storm surges will block the usual flow of water back to the ocean.
Important to note is that this disturbance, now dubbed "Invest 95L" by the National Hurricane Center , is now nothing more than a disorganized cluster of showers and storms. The Met Office has issued a yellow "severe" weather warning as the storm threatens winds of 80 miles per hour. Isaac is becoming less organized over the Eastern Caribbean Sea according to the U.S.
A Trough is expected to remain across the island until Sunday when Tropical Depression Isaac enters the central Caribbean. On the current projected track the centre of this system is forecast to pass between 100 and 150 miles (160 to 240 km) north of Barbados early on Thursday morning.
A power outage model run at the University of MI projects that 3.2 million customers will be without electricity because of the storm, mostly in the eastern half of North Carolina. After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria.
Regardless of its intensity at landfall, Florence is a unsafe hurricane that will cause life-threatening conditions for portions of the Southeast U.S. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding". North Carolina governor Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.
It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission. SpaceX put out the teaser via Twitter late Thursday, and Musk also tweeted out the news. "I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said. "SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".