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Old 09-12-2018, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Florence is coming!

For all my friends and acquaintances along the Carolina coasts: be safe please. Don't screw around with this storm, it's a killer!

Hurricane Florence charges toward Carolinas with ‘potential for unbelievable damage’

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Decreasing modestly in strength but expanding in size, Category 3 Hurricane Florence is less than 48 hours away from making landfall on the Southeast coast with catastrophic impacts, from damaging winds to flash flooding to widespread power outages.

The storm’s surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak. Hurricane-force winds will bring down trees and damage homes and businesses. Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

Florence will be, in all likelihood, the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.
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My brother lives down near Wilmington. Because of his job he's sticking around but he's shutting up their house and staying with friends for a bit, while the wife is staying with relatives in the Washington, DC area.
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Old 09-12-2018, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Florence has downgraded to a Category 2. Still, this is nothing to be trifled with. Stay safe, get out of harm's way, and check in with us when you are able.
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Florence has downgraded to a Category 2. Still, this is nothing to be trifled with. Stay safe, get out of harm's way, and check in with us when you are able.
From what I've heard, the Cat 2 status means lower wind speeds, but the storm surge is still going to be that of a Cat 4. And the sheer tonnage of water that is predicted to drop on top of the area will make this a monster storm, regardless of category.

You can watch Florence's arrival live at this location:
https://www.cnet.com/news/see-hurric...hore-live-cam/

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The camera is attached to the Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles (55 kilometers) off the coast of Cape Fear. The tower once acted as a Coast Guard Light Station, but is now privately owned. The cape is squarely in Florence's projected path.

The live video feed shows a corner of the tower and an American flag getting absolutely blasted by the leading edge of the hurricane, which is expected to linger along the coast into the weekend.
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From what I've heard, the Cat 2 status means lower wind speeds, but the storm surge is still going to be that of a Cat 4. And the sheer tonnage of water that is predicted to drop on top of the area will make this a monster storm, regardless of category.

You can watch Florence's arrival live at this location:
https://www.cnet.com/news/see-hurric...hore-live-cam/
Which is why, when Katrina's eye made landfall, she was not considered to be a Cat5. Unless I'm confusing Katrina with another equally strong hurricane, she made landfall as a Cat3 but the storm surge was still Cat4 levels.

Really, it isn't the sustained winds you have to worry so much about. It's the gusts and the storm surge. Mostly the storm surge. That is why it is so important to evacuate the coast. You need to be outside of the storm surge zone which can extend quite a ways inland in places like the Gulf Coast. East coast isn't nearly as flat as the Gulf Coast so there is some protection from storm surge that way.
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I live in Raleigh, and we had to go up to New York on Tuesday to pick up my daughter. We came back yesterday and didn't hit any heavy rain until we got into the Raleigh city limits. Lots of creek and river flooding here, areas that usually flood in heavy rain anyway. South of here is a disaster. Areas that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew are getting it TWICE as bad with this one. The sheer amount of water dropping on southeastern NC is unfathomable. And it's still raining heavily.
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