Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

The center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday.

Those surges alone are projected to cause inland flooding of more than 9 feet in cities like New Bern, North Carolina, even without the expected 15 to 20 inches of rain.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm, but don't be fooled, it's still incredibly risky.

Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.

In the meantime, "treat the inland flooding just as seriously as you would the storm surge", said Clark.

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

Broward airport: At Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, the only flight cancellations are to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which are canceled Thursday and Friday.

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

A zoomed in image of the eye of Hurricane Florence.

The fierce winds of Hurricane Florence are weakening as it creeps closer to North Carolina but the impact of the vast storm will still be catastrophic for millions of people. "So the potential impact from the surge has not changed because the system is weaker", he said.

The problem from this hurricane is going to be its slow movement. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning.

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina, Wednesday, September 12, 2018. "Leaving is such a problem with the traffic going out", Jennie told VOA Thursday afternoon as she strolled along the shore of Carolina Beach near Wilmington, North Carolina. "But even worse than that is coming back in because you don't know what you're coming back to". Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. That is now the case in the Carolinas - the state sent Maryland Task Force One, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Rockville, to SC on Wednesday.

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.

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