Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished

Clay Curtis
September 16, 2018

The storm is now 85 miles east-southeast of Wilmington with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, as of the 8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

A flawless storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence will likely be catastrophic for parts of the Southeast.

The game was supposed to take place at Furman, which is located in Greenville, S.C. According to the trajectory of Florence, Greenville is expected to get heavy rain and wind starting Friday and well into the weekend.

A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

The "threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days" in the impacted areas. The brunt of the storm is expected to affect both Carolinas and parts of Virginia through Friday at least. Overall, Florence is approximately400 miles in diameter, according to The Associated Press in a report on September 13. Smaller enclaves of Gullah, referred to as Geechee in some areas, are scattered along the Southeast coast from North Carolina to Florida.

Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early on Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina border. "Florence will then recurve across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week".

Donald Trump has bragged his handling of the preparations for Hurricane Florence is getting "tremendous accolades" - even though the storm has not hit yet. A Category 2 storm means winds of 96-110 miles per hour; a Category 3 storm means 111-129 miles per hour.

An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence.

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Besides inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (four meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain over much of the region.

Hurricane Florence weakened from a Category 4 down to a Category 2 storm Wednesday night but the massive system is still considered extremely unsafe and life threatening. We have to remember, Florence is a very large storm. The rainfall will cause prolonged significant river flooding.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard. "This is a life-threatening situation", the advisory said.

Areas that will be particularly susceptible to tropical storm conditions will be our far southeastern zones. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

"Other sources are predicting a financial toll for Florence of up to $170 billion, and we think that is extreme when looking at Florence's track and impacts to people and their lives", Myers said.

Areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia experienced eight more inches of rainfall than usual during the month of August.

President Trump spoke with the senators of North Carolina and SC, telling them they have the full support of the federal government and the feds will be there to help with anything their states may need.

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