Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

That mix of impressions - a respect for this storm's sheer size and the massive amount of rain and seawater it brings, along with a resignation to storms being part of life on the coast - is also part of the reaction in low-lying areas to the north.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate - but the window to do so is nearly over.

Because most are managed as wild animals, numerous horses will be left to fend for themselves, said Paula Gillikin of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said. Expect wind and rain through the weekend.

"It's not going to take much in a lot of these areas to saturate the soil, so trees are going to come down really easily" and knock down power lines, said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center.

Farther from the epicenter, surges between 6-to-9 feet are expected near Myrtle Beach and Ocracoke Inlet. Showers should start to move in overnight Friday.


Like many other officials in the storm's path, South Carolina's McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride out the storm. The hardest part to figure out now is where that heavy rain band sets up - probably right over Charlotte or just to the north.

"The response of North Carolina's politicians.to this existential threat has been to attack the science, to allow the pace of coastal development on the Outer Banks and other pricey beachfronts to accelerate, and to invest money in quick fixes like sea walls that-in the opinion of scientists like Riggs-only make problems like coastal erosion worse", Will Bunch wrote for Philly.com. "But we still bought the meals we were going to have and requested that the hotel serve those meals to the people who have been relocated, on us". And then we have the brief tornado spin-ups that we could see at any time as well.

As of 10am Thursday (local time), Florence's top winds were 177km/h, and it was marching northwest at16km/h, about 257km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 329km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1". The mountains haven't been talked about enough. "We're not panickers. Anybody you see left here are not panickers". That brings in the mudslide and landslide threat as well.

Hurricane Florence will be one of the biggest storms to make landfall along the United States eastern seaboard in decades. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive. "I find it amusing that the storm of hysteria is bigger than the storm itself". While hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles. That basically became a larger blade on a bulldozer which allowed it to push more water to the coast. But while the storm is predicted to pass near Wilmington, North Carolina, the majority of surge-related flooding will actually be to north near Pamlico Sound. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch. Florence is still a Category 2 hurricane. Focus on the impact on the storm. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

Flooding from rain will be a big problem as Florence slows and moves inland with torrential rainfall for the Carolinas.

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