Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Andrew Cummings
September 12, 2018

"Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland", the NHC warned.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was at Category 4 strength and will produce extremely risky conditions for land in its path. A storm surge watch is also in effect for part of this area.

The Boeing plant will be shut down on Tuesday to give its more than 6,000 employees a chance safely evacuate ahead of the storm, the airplane maker said in a statement.

Should the storm stall, heavy rain dumped on North Carolina for days on end will wash into rivers that eventually flow into SC.

Trump, who has faced criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in 2017, which killed an estimated 3,000 people in the USA territory of Puerto Rico, knocked out power to all 3.4 million residents of the Caribbean island, with thousands still without power even six months after the storm hit, said the federal government was "totally prepared" for Florence.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their energy, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85F (30C), hurricane specialist Eric Blake reported.

But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.

He added: "It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane. the forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain".

The storm weakened slightly and has 130 miles per hour winds, but it is still a major Category 4 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The 29-year-old said he already went through 2011's Hurricane Irene, and cited flooding as the worst threat. Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane in U.S. history, with more than 1,200 deaths.

The National Hurricane Center will issue its next update on the storm at 11 a.m. EDT.

Mr Graham said: "The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going". Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 30 inches in some places.

"I don't want to be an alarmist, but as we look at storms of the past, there are parts of what we see in Florence that could fall out that way", Barnes said.

"If you are now under an evacuation order, we strongly urge you to be cognizant, heed the warning and evacuate", Byard said.

In addition to thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm.

On the opposite side of the country, officials in Hawaii are warning residents and tourists to brace for the arrival of Tropical Storm Olivia.

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