Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Roughly 10 billion gallons of wet animal waste is produced annually in North Carolina, That's enough to fill 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Hurricane Florence edged closer to the east coast of the Hurricane Florence edged closer to the east coast of the US Thursday, with tropical-force winds and rain already lashing barrier islands just off the North Carolina mainland.

As if that weren't enough, an natural disaster also hit SC about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. The storm's forward speed had slowed to 6 miles per hour, and forecasters were concerned it might have stalled.

Even though Florence is moving to the northwest at this time, AccuWeather meteorologists believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from late Thursday night to Saturday.

In its 1 a.m. Friday update, the NHC said Florence was about 45 miles east of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 90 mph.

Storm surge: An abnormal rise in sea levels accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm.

It was forecast to make landfall mid-day Friday near Cape Fear, North Carolina, bringing up to 40 inches (1 meter) of rain, and storm surges as high as 13 feet (4 meters), the NHC said. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.

Gov. Roy Cooper of the Tar Heel state announced a State of Emergency ahead of the storm making its way to the coast.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

Officials warn of life-threatening storm surges in both North and SC as the hurricane moves towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h).

At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

"For our customers, I know they normally expect to see us immediately after the storm rolls through, but it's not safe for us to be out there working", he said.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

That included the busy Charleston and Myrtle Beach airports in SC and Wilmington in North Carolina.

Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate.

FEMA's Long warned the danger was not only along the coast: "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. Georgia, where governor Nathan Deal has now declared an emergency, is also thought to be in the firing line.

Advisory: Official information issued by warning centers describing all tropical cyclone watches and warnings in effect, along with details about location, intensity and movement.

In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible.

"These bays, these rivers and these inlets, there's so much storm surge the water is being literally forced to flow the opposite direction", Graham said.

"When you have a swine lagoon breech, it is going to have catastrophic impact on the river", Burdette said.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves, " it said. "I encourage all District residents and visitors to take this storm seriously".

The storm has a raincloud band that's 900 kilometers wide - and it's coming alongside monsoon rains, creating risks for flash floods and landslides.

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