As Hurricane Florence Looms, States Check Dam Integrity

Mindy Sparks
September 12, 2018

Charles Mullen, 81, a longtime resident of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, said he had ridden out many storms and that most locals were planning to stay unless Florence took aim at Hatteras.

The National Hurricane Center predicts a total of 15 to 20 inches of rain in parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from Thursday to early next week. "This is not just a coastal event".

The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern USA, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

America's National Weather Service has warned that the storm is likely to bring, "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding" when it hits land on Thursday or Friday.

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going".

"The bottom line if you wait, it's too late", he said. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

More than 1.5 million people have been told to flee their homes as Hurricane Florence barrels toward The Eastern seaboard.

Mandatory coastal evacuations were in effect for civilians in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, but the military base posted on Facebook that different chains-of-command would decide whether to release non-essential personnel, and some relatives vented fears that they wouldn't be able to evacuate in time.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated", Trump tweeted.

The last Category 4 hurricane to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people. Many of those people were already on the road Tuesday. Life-threatening storm surges of up to a staggering 13 feet in some places were also forecast.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swathe from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border.

The European Model projects that Florence will track a bit further south, bringing more severe weather to SC.

It likely goes without saying that hurricanes produce punishing, potentially deadly winds. The storm, as of Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. EDT, has sustained maximum winds of 130 miles per hour, keeping it as a Category 4, and is still expected to be a major hurricane when it hits land.

The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

"I think this is very Harvey-esque", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. Some areas had almost 60 inches of rain.

"Unfortunately, the models were right".

Thankfully if they do, it's highly unlikely that the winds will be hurricane strength.

The center says the storm is moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, and has maximum sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour.

The storm was around 400 miles south of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon and is trudging towards the east coast at 16mph.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak. Upon immediate landfall, the threats are you standard hurricane threats - storm surge, strong winds, tornadoes.

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

Southwest Airlines said travelers booked to fly from six cities from Baltimore to SC can rebook their flights within 14 days of their original dates with no additional cost.

Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence was the most severe storm to threaten the US mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989, when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Trump noted to followers that while the government is "fully prepared" for its next response, "bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size. Everyone was sold out", she said. "There is no way to be completely safe".

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