Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hurricane Florence tracker: Storm may bring unprecedented flooding, historical rainfall

Hurricane Florence tracker: Storm may bring unprecedented flooding, historical rainfall

Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas early Friday, bringing with it 20-30 inches of rain to North Carolina, and almost 40 inches to SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday, the NHC added.

REUTERS/Randall HillGordon Roberts works to prepare his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways early Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

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As the hurricane became larger and better organized Tuesday afternoon, mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday.

Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a unsafe storm". Till now as many as 1.7 million people have evacuated the region.

"It brings multiple threats, including a massive storm surge at the coast, as well as a potentially catastrophic inland flood situation".

The BBC reported: "The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, North Carolina, is just a few miles from where Florence is expected to make landfall".

And even from space, Hurricane Florence looks terrifying. "This will allow us to take care of our community and also be prepared should the need arise to assist others", Walker said.

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Heavy rain has fallen in and around Oriental, North Carolina, where 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured thus far. "A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house", police tweeted Friday afternoon.


There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches. Florence, the most ominous for United States residents, is expected to make landfall today.

Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm, could stall upon reaching the Carolina coast and make a slight shift south toward SC once it makes landfall, becoming "a major flooding event", according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

"So right now, we're thinking it's going to be tropical-storm-force conditions for the Beaufort area, but I would not rule out the potential for hurricane force winds or hurricane force conditions for Beaufort County".

The hurricane's impending landfall in North Carolina has seen panic-buying at petrol stations threatening to trigger a fuel crisis in the U.S. state. The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and 470 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added.

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