Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane Florence Likely To Be Catastrophic For Parts of the Carolina Coast

Hurricane Florence Likely To Be Catastrophic For Parts of the Carolina Coast

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilminton, N.C., wrote Tuesday, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

Hurricane Florence is now a massive Category 4 hurricane.

NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states.

While the hurricane is expected to weaken as it begins to interact with land before making landfall, Florence will remain a unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the East Coast, officials said.

If Florence stays on it's current path, the now - category 2 storm will make landfall along the Carolina coastline Friday morning, meteorologists said.

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders. Florence could bring life-threatening storm surges, up to 13 feet.

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring unsafe rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina, with 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings.

Regardless of which scenario actually happens, Florence is a large hurricane and will affect much of North and SC.

At the White House, President Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

"We are sparing no expense". Find out now if you live in a flood prone area or a location that will be greatly impacted by storm surge. "That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast.

What's more certain is beach erosion and risky surf conditions.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird. That type of rain would cause historic flooding for the region that would occur during the storm and for days after the rain stops due to river flooding.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land.

North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland.

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