Natural Disasters

‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected in large parts of Carolinas as Florence inches closer

The tropical storm could cause between 20 and 40 inches of rainfall in some areas

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Friday 14 September 2018
Hurricane Florence
Credit: PXHere Credit: PXHere

Tropical storm Florence is inching closer to North Carolina and storm surge has already led to flooding of the coastal streets. The storm was reportedly positioned about 25 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 55 miles southwest of Morehead, City, North Carolina as on Friday morning (5 am local time).

According to Emergency Management North Carolina, the number of people affected by power outages has increased to more than 102,000.

For the next couple of days, both North and South Carolina could witness flooding in large areas due to heavy rains and rising seas. Florence, which has been downgraded from a category 4 hurricane to a category 1 storm, has sustained winds of 75mph and gusts of up to 90mph.

The US National Hurricane Center has warned of “catastrophic” freshwater flooding over large parts of the Carolinas.

 

Credit: NOAA

“The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come,” North Carolina governor Roy Cooper has warned. According to forecasters, a combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded, with rising waters moving inland.

 

The National Weather Service said that between 20 and 40 inches of rainfall was predicted in some areas.

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