Florence Lands as Cat 1 nr Wilmington: 12 In of Rain, Record Tides and Floods

Hurricane Florence hit land at 7:15 a.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds around 90 mph. Catastrophic floods expected.

As of Friday morning, a foot of rain has already hit many areas. The storm is expected to linger for a week bringing record rainfall, as much as 40 inches in some areas, on already saturated ground.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, and the D.C. all issued states of of emergency.

Key Points

  • Florence is expected to crawl near or along the coast of the Carolinas through Friday.
  • The eyewall is onshore in southeastern North Carolina and is only the beginning of what could be a record-wet siege from a tropical cyclone in parts of the Tar Heel State.
  • Extreme rainfall is already occurring in eastern North Carolina. A flash flood emergency was issued for portions of Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Jones counties due to a combination of storm surge and heavy rainfall. This flash flood emergency includes New Bernand Morehead City.
  • Life-threatening storm surge is occurring in eastern North Carolina. Hurricane-force winds are occurring in eastern North Carolina.
  • Friday morning, Wilmington, North Carolina, recorded a wind gust to 105 mph, the second strongest wind on record here. A wind gust to 100 mph was reported at Cape Fear, North Carolina earlier Friday and a buoy about 50 miles to the east of the center of Florence's eye recently reported a wind gust to 112 mph.
  • Coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina expects an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated totals up to 40 inches. The rest of South Carolina and North Carolina into southwestern Virginia expect 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 15 inches.

Peak Winds

Current Winds

Expected Rainfall

Hundreds of Thousands Without Power

As of 7:30 a.m., Friday, 372,095 people were without power.

Best wishes to those impacted.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments
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Realist
Realist

I believe super typhoon Mangkhut was a category 5 for a while and then slammed into the Philippines as a category 4 this week. However, the category number for a hurricane or typhoon is only one measure; one that is overused. It only tells you wind speed. It does not tell you anything about the overall size of the event, nor does it tell you the overall strength, and it has nothing to do with how quickly it moves. It is the combination of these four factors that determine the impact of the event. Florence was a 4, then 3,2,1. However when it hit North/South Carolina as a 1, it had increased in both size and strength. Combine that with the event moving through the Carolinas at 5 mph and it is going to end up causing a lot of destruction for a few more days, primarily due to flooding.

2banana
2banana

Al Gore predicted in the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" that we would F5 Hurricanes without end - dozens of "Katrinas" should have ravaged the SE of America by now...

12 years later - a big meh.

And remember - the ONLY solution is always higher taxes and more regulations.

Realist
Realist

As I understand it, scientists who study global warming do not claim that it will result in more weather events, such as hurricanes. They simply state that the warmer ocean waters will add fuel to any hurricanes that do occur, thus increasing the chance of the hurricane growing either larger, or stronger. Combine that with the growth in development in coastal areas (people do like to live near the coastal waters) and that means these events will continue to have greater impact as time goes on. Perhaps at some point, people will not want to live near the coast, but I doubt it.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Hope thing improve for those in the path.

I'm sick of every weather event being blamed on global warming. Florence, like Harvey last year, isn't a particularly strong storm for a Hurricane. Unusually warm ocean waters had little to no impact on their strength. Both storms did or will do a lot of damage because they stalled. Not because of their unusual strength. I think the earth is gradually warming, but that isn't causing widespread climate change like so many believe.

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