Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

Some may say that it's not a big deal if he conflates Hurricane Florence, but the real danger comes next time a monster storm is upon us and Trump claims it is the "biggest ever" when it really is, and people won't believe him.

Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3 feet of rain were considered an even bigger threat than its winds, which dropped way down from a terrifying 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

As of 5 a.m. EDT it was centered about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 250 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into SC, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls across the Carolinas.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". We've assembled a list of options below and will update it as we find more.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km).

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 miles per hour winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing hotel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing North Carolina would see the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period.

Incredible amounts of water will fall from the sky over the next several days in the Carolinas.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

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President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is " as ready as anybody has ever been ". It had been projected to shift north after making landfall. "Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", Cooper said.

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Benson has lived in North Carolina for more than a decade and now is headed away from the hurricane's destructive path. On Tuesday, the so-called spaghetti models that show various potential paths for a storm had more variability.

Kelly Salisbury said she's staying put in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, even though most of the town left.

Cooper also requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said. That forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia.

Prisoners were affected, too. Nearly 160,000 customers already were without power in North Carolina Thursday evening - and that number is likely to rise.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million more live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

By midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington. Through Sunday evening, more than 20 inches of rain could fall in southeast North Carolina and far northeast SC on top of what has already fallen.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state. This is bigger than both of the Carolinas and THIS is why rain is the biggest issue.

Don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane; categories only denote the speed of sustained winds - and these are still ferocious.

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