North Carolina Meteorologist Abruptly Concludes Broadcast As Florence Floods Station

Christopher Davidson
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence remains on track to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to coastal North and SC, the National Weather Service says.

Journalist Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) tweeted: "This @weatherchannel visualization of storm surge is an wonderful and sobering use of technology to show what hurricanes like Florence can do".

It takes time to get the infrastructure back up and running.

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

A woman and her child died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall earlier on Friday.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured Florence making landfall from his spot on the orbiting outpost.

"Its slow movement will allow rain to continue to pile up in areas from Jacksonville to Wilmington seeing as much as 10" to 20" of rainfall.

The US National Hurricane Center described how winds of up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour were pummeling the state of North Carolina.

These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly risky because of the rain and flooding they can bring.

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"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

North Carolina Emergency Management warned residents on Friday to stay indoors, avoid stagnant or moving flood waters and have their emergency kits ready.

A warming climate also means that the atmosphere can hold more and more water vapor, fueling hurricanes with even more water that can fall on coastal areas.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Service said. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

"We know we're in for a long haul here", he said of the forecast for the coming days.

How many people will it affect?

So far, a state of emergency has been declared in five states - South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC.

Strom surge that was projected between nine and twelve feet in Pamlico Sound and the Pamlico and Neuse rivers was expected to cause a "tremendous amount of inland flooding", said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

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