Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

'This Thing's Going to Explode': Hurricane Florence Packing Devastation and Catastrophic Flooding

'This Thing's Going to Explode': Hurricane Florence Packing Devastation and Catastrophic Flooding

"It was located farther north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented".

Florence, a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph), was expected to make landfall on Friday, bringing heavy, sustained rain and potentially deadly flooding to the U.S. Southeast coast. "Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday".

Florence "will bring extreme wind damage and surge damage, " said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A hurricane watch is now in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the southern border of Virginia.

In Virginia, James Madison has moved its home opener against Robert Morris from Saturday to Thursday night to get ahead of the storm.

A new National Hurricane Center map predicting the likelihood of tropical storm-force winds stretches from northern Florida to eastern Kentucky and OH, and even up to the New York City area - although there's only a 5% to 10% chance of those conditions stretching that far north.

It includes transporting supplies, equipment, fuel, or people to and from the areas hit by the storm.

"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane.

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Scientists have also warned that the waters of the Atlantic have been unusually warm, which could ramp up the storm's winds to make it close to Category 5 intensity.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculates that Hurricane Florence could dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain in seven days over the Carolinas and Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding". Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 500 millimetres over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 760 mm in some places.

MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said the game called off due to Hurricane Florence's approach, citing health and safety considerations for the players and fans. "It's weakened, but unfortunately, the eye has expanded out to a diameter now of about 30-35 nautical miles". "It's more like a (Hurricane) Harvey situation, where it'll just slowly wind down". All could face widespread "power and communication outages, impassable roads filled with debris and numerous large trees snapped and uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over". He said electric power could be out for weeks.

Freight haulers need to be prepared for many washed out roadways and damage to rail infrastructure across this multi-state area.

It is feared Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hurricane Hazel packed 209km/h winds in 1954.

The "extremely unsafe major hurricane" is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts in the 140 miles per hour range, says the National Hurricane Center.

In addition to Florence, the Atlantic Ocean now has two other strong storms.

Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westward toward the central Lesser Antilles, but is a bit weaker, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica now under tropical storm, not hurricane, warnings.

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