"Monster" Hurricane Florence Aims to Drench Carolinas

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared?

Scientists are trying to get the most accurate information to forecast exactly where the storm will go. But rail cars with vehicles bound for Charleston and export markets overseas have been moved to secure areas until the storm passes.

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.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said maintenance crews are prepping their vehicles and will be holding swift water rescue training Wednesday. "It's chilling, even from space", said Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Space Agency who now lives on ISS, on Twitter. "But [Beaufort County] could still end up seeing some heavy rainfall and gusty winds". But a computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches.

He tweeted: "We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)".

Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east.


A storm surge warning has been issued from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. "People who live in New Bern have experienced hurricanes before, but it has been a long time since we have experienced something like this". This storm is likely to impact our weather by late Sunday into Monday.

Florence's path remains uncertain.

Industrial waste, including toxic ash from power plants, could also be spread by flooding from the massive storm, which has caused mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in both Carolinas and Virginia, the AP reports. But it's such a large storm that the rain will keep coming down in the region no matter where it wanders.

While the storm's maximum sustained winds edged lower on Wednesday, those of tropical-storm-force expanded outward, extending 195 miles and putting more people at risk when the storm finally comes ashore, expected near the border separating the Carolinas.

The ocean waters that Florence is travelling over are about 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, McNoldy said.

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak. Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, calculates that Florence will deduct about $200 million of output a day from North Carolina's $550 billion-a-year economy until business returns to something close to normal.

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