That’s more than eight stories tall.

By Marisa Spyker
September 12, 2018
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As the East Coast prepares to take on Hurricane Florence, the massive storm appears to be flexing its muscles in the Atlantic.

On Wednesday morning, a National Weather Service satellite monitoring the storm recorded waves reaching heights of 83 feet—or the equivalent of an eight-story building.

The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane, which is the strongest area of the storm. According to the National Weather Service, the waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm’s motion.

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As of 5 P.M. Wednesday, the “storm of a lifetime” continued to make its way toward the Carolina coast, with max winds of up to 120 mph. The National Weather Service is warning residents of the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia coastlines that life-threatening storm surge is “highly likely,” with water levels predicted to reach 9-13 feet in some areas.

The storm is expected to strengthen on Thursday before making landfall late Thursday night or early Friday. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the South Carolina and North Carolina coastline. (A list of evacuation shelters can be found here.)

And, if you’re already out of Florence’s way but want to help, here’s how.