Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
There are several alerts in effect for Hurricane Florence.
Florence is a Category 4 hurricane and is forecast to slam into the coastline of the Carolinas by Friday.
Once interacting with land it will slow down and possible stall, unleashing flooding rain and storm surge.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, "this storm is nothing like you've ever seen," He added, "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don't bet your life on riding out a monster."
While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast.
There are evacuation orders in effect for several areas and traffic is being directed away from the coast.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.
- Coastal North Carolina 20 to 30 inches, isolated 40 inches
- South Carolina, western and northern North Carolina 5 to 10 inches, isolated 20 inches
- Elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states 3 to 6 inches, isolated 12 inches
This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.
Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area on Friday. Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength on Thursday, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.