Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Still uncertainty as Hurricane Florences path moves south

Still uncertainty as Hurricane Florences path moves south

Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm.

"North Carolina, my message is clear", a grim Gov. Roy Cooper said at a briefing today. But rail cars with vehicles bound for Charleston and export markets overseas have been moved to secure areas until the storm passes.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas previous year".

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

Meanwhile, some of North Carolina's 2,100 industrial-size hog farmers are scrambling to drain waste pools containing manure before the hurricane hits, according to NPR. "But even if you're in that west or south side of the storm you can see some rainfall".

"We're still looking at the potential for heavy rainfall that could produce flooding", she said.

The monster storm showed signs of slowing down as it inched closer to the US, according to the National Hurricane Center. But a computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

"This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm".

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But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

Florence will be, in all likelihood, the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

Florence's path remains uncertain. This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend. But it's such a large storm that the rain will keep coming down in the region no matter where it wanders.

The storm's eye is expected to be over Columbia by 8 a.m. Sunday as the Florence's winds die down to tropical storm force (39 to 73 mph).

"Not much has changed since this morning", meteorologist Chris Fisher from the National Weather Service said.

At minimum, Florence should bring 1 to 2 inches of rain to the Upstate, LaCorte said. "In light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

In the first report of storm-related fatalities, a mother and infant died after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to local police.

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