Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to inundate Carolinas

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to inundate Carolinas

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said North Carolina was likely to see eight months of rain in only two to three days.

More than ten people have been killed by Florence and her impact as the remnants of the storm moved through the area Saturday.

The storm has caused power outages, flooding and structural damage to several homes and businesses in North and SC.

Amber Parker, a spokeswoman for Craven County, where New Bern is located, told CNN early Friday the county had already logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days". He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 metres).

They were the first confirmed fatalities related to the storm, according to the Wilmington Police Department. Sea level rise also adds to storm surge damage: When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, a study found sea-level rise over the 20th century caused more than $2 billion in additional damage in New York City due to the "extra" storm surge it generated.

"We are not turning away that help", she said.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

The storm was downgraded to a category one Thursday evening, but is still packing winds of at least 85 miles per hour. Some areas of North Carolina saw nearly a foot of rain in just a few hours and footage showed sea levels beginning to surge on land. Other communities got well over a foot (30 centimetres).

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Forecasters have been predicting catastrophic flash flooding.

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Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters. Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms. Meteorologists are closely watching where the storm will go, as it slows down.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

Florence is expected to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week along its entire path, enough water to fill more than 65,000 Empire State Buildings, Maue calculated. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water, he calculated.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Massive power outages were reported, and downtown streets had fallen trees, broken storefront windows and damaged street signs.

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs.

The drama was unfolding in the riverfront town of New Bern, which was hit by a huge storm surge as the sprawling Category 1 hurricane came close to making landfall. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

The defended President Donald Trump's earlier tweets claiming Democrats had inflated the death toll stemming from Hurricane Maria previous year, saying he was "responding to the liberal media and San Juan Mayor [Carmen Yulîn Cruz] who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations".

"We got a little bit of water inside, but things weren't so bad", Church said.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

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