September 12, 2018 11:33 AM
She's on her way to the Southeast Coast and she's going to impact a lot of people. Florence, as a Category 4 Hurricane, has the potential to be a big disaster for folks in the Carolinas. Storm surge, wind damage, tornadoes and catastrophic flooding - similar to Harvey - are all concerns as she impacts that region.
The first threat as Florence comes to shore is the storm surge. Typically, the bigger and stronger the hurricane, the more force it has to well up the water and push it on-shore. The storm surge of over 10 feet will be possible for coastal areas. Along with that comes destructive winds. Category 4 hurricane winds are similar to an EF3 tornado. Category 5 hurricane winds are similar to an EF 4 tornado.
As Florence comes on-shore, it's wind field will interact with the land, causing it to lose strength, but unfortunately not to move on. It's expected to sit and spin along the coast through Saturday, finally moving further inland on Sunday. This will be similar to Harvey. If you recall, Harvey made landfall over South Texas, did a loop-de-loo and then sat near Houston for a few days. The early forecast said over a foot of rain would fall for that region, and they were right. With Florence, we're getting numbers saying a foot, to two, even isolated areas nearing three feet of rain may fall! No one can handle rain like that. No one... This is when everyone, all the way to the Appalachians will be under the threat of catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.
As of Wednesday morning, it seems as if Florence would continue to weaken through Sunday, dropping rain, but not in the torrential ways it did when it first made landfall.
The great news is that there has been a lot of extra warning. Folks are taking that time to prepare and get to safer locations. If you know anyone in that area who hasn't yet, plead with them to go. This storm will leave behind devastation is going to put a heavy burden on rescue and civil services in that region.
Updated: September 12, 2018 11:33 AM
Created: September 12, 2018 10:00 AM
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