UNC Storm Surge Expert Warns Of Potentially 'Catastrophic' Florence

Jan Cross
September 15, 2018

"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.

The storm is now about 950 miles from the Carolina coast line, but moving in that direction at about 15 mph.

The centre of the titanic storm is expected meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough rain to cover the Tar Heel state in about 10 inches (25 centimeters) of water.

Stone said relocating animals in the storm zone was not an option for many farmers.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" Trump tweeted, adding: "WE are here for you".

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for more than 1 million people in coastal areas of the Carolinas and Virginia.

With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. By Monday, it was evident that the worst-case-scenario was becoming reality, as Florence exploded in strength from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 130 miles per hour.

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In the six decades since, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

That amount of storm surge would put Florence on par with Hurricane Fran.

The storm is expected to stall over North Carolina, slowly making its way across the state and into southwestern Virginia over the weekend. A hurricane warning was posted for most of the Carolina coast north to the Virginia border. When it reaches inland ares, far from the coast, its high winds and heavy rains will knock down trees and wreak other havoc, according to the hurricane center.

GOHSEP said the teams will being arriving in the Carolinas Tuesday.

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.

A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote. "Hurricane-force winds have expanded outward and now extend up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center". Information gathered Tuesday by a hurricane-hunting aircraft suggests it will intensify again as it nears the coast, approaching the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a worst-case Category 5 scenario. Last season, UCF was unable to play Georgia Tech after Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

As for the two other tropical storms spinning westward across the Atlantic - Isaac and Helene - both are also expected to steer clear of Canadian territory. But the storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so. "We expect Florence to weigh on P&C (re) insurance stocks as it moves closer to mainland U.S". "This one is different".

North Carolina and UCF officials stated any tickets purchased through the respective school will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible. So we should all be even more appreciative than usual this week for their hard work and professionalism. "It's going to be really, really bad along the coast".

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