Hurricane Florence Is Dumping a Huge Amount of Rain on the Carolinas

Olive Hawkins
September 14, 2018

Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina. "This may be worse than what we've seen before", Assistant Fire Chief Joey Roberts said during a press conference Wednesday.

One forecaster says the harm done by a 90 miles per hour wind would be comparable to that suffered from a 110 miles per hour wind.

Hurricane Florence has just about reached the cost of the Carolinas, set to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the area tomorrow and through the weekend. Buses have transported 68 residents to shelters.

The rescues began around 4 p.m. Thursday, Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker said. The rest of these states along with southwest Virginia should expect 5 to 10 inches of rain with 15 inches in places.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been put under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders to avoid what emergency officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm. This means the conditions are right for a tornado to form. Before night fell there were no reports of power loss nor significant damage.

"It's a double-edged sword when you're telling people to get out before the storm and don't leave [their animals] behind", Ms. Whaley said.

By Friday afternoon, the Triangle's roads could see flooding. Wake County is now under a flash flood watch.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 miles per hour by nightfall. However, as the storm continues to track south, rainfall totals could increase. Rain could continue through Tuesday.

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Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet (2.7m).

FEMA officials wrote on Twitter people should not focus on the category of the storm - as of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 2 storm, indicating slower wind speeds - but rather should pay attention to the fact there will be extreme flooding in the Carolinas as a result.

At 7 a.m., the center of the eye was located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, moving west at 6 mph.

The majority of those affected were in New Hanover, Carteret, Onslow, Pender and Craven counties.

Strom surge that was projected between nine and twelve feet in Pamlico Sound and the Pamlico and Neuse rivers was expected to cause a "tremendous amount of inland flooding", said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

With winds picking up along the coastline early Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

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