Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 16, 2018

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. But even much lower flood levels can be unsafe and reach surprisingly far inland, as The Weather Channel demonstrated in a stunning video released today.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

Rain bands are already affecting the eastern part of North Carolina and SC, with rain increasing and waves growing.

Florence is forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, as a Category 2 or Category 1 storm Friday morning.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland. From 1963 to 2012, 49 percent of USA hurricane deaths were from storm surge, 27 percent from rain, 8 percent from wind, 6 percent from surf, 6 percent were offshore and 3 percent from tornadoes, according to a National Hurricane Center study. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out".

Elsewhere, storm surge is expected to reach heights of anywhere between 0.6 and 2.75 metres. "I can not emphasise that enough".

With more than 1,500 commercial airline flights in and out of the Carolinas canceled - and potentially many more to come - even the skies above sat empty, except for Florence's foreboding cloud cover and rapidly strengthening rain.

What's the situation on the ground?

With Florence moving slowly and stalling, the storm surge is going to be a bigger, longer-term factor than normal because the water "just keeps piling up", Needham said. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor. South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

Petrol stations in the area are reporting shortages and energy companies predict that one to three million homes and businesses may lose power.

Why is he open when the town is mostly evacuated?

But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Governor Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

Emergency workers are arriving from other parts of the United States to aid in rescues.

"If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house".

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. They then did the forecast again using conditions that would have been expected in a climate unchanged by human activity, meaning greenhouse gases, aerosols and other atmospheric metrics were all set to "pre-industrial levels", or those found more than 150 years ago.

Warmer seas power hurricanes.

But there are so many factors that contribute to these rare events, it has been hard to tease out clear trends from the data.

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