80-Foot Waves Recorded Near Hurricane Florence

The Weather Channel reports:

Hurricane Florence will slow down, performing an agonizing crawl through the Carolinas and Southeast into early next week, producing catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds. As of early Wednesday evening, Florence was centered 385 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwestward.

Hurricane Florence continues to expand in size. Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 70 miles the center and tropical-storm-force winds now extend outward up to 195 miles from the center. This expansion in size only increases the hurricane’s energy and potential for significant storm surge.

The immense size of Florence is also harvesting some enormous waves on top of the storm surge. According to the National Hurricane Center, wave heights up to 83 feet were measured Wednesday morning to the northeast of Florence’s eye.