Carolina Farmers Race To Save Crops, Farmland Before Florence Hits

Doug Mendoza
September 14, 2018

"The storm surge. This is the most risky part of the storm", said NBC News forecaster Al Roker, "Do not pay attention to the category". Upon its arrival, the National Hurricane Center projects that Florence could drop anywhere from 20-40 inches of rain along the Carolina coast.

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring risky rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina and 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says. North and SC already faced flooding earlier this summer. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected". At that time, almost 1,500 members were without power "primarily along the Nuese River", according to Tideland EMC, which has 22,600 accounts in Hyde, Beaufort, Pamlico, Dare, Washington and Craven counties.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.

Utility providers, meanwhile, told customers in the Carolinas and beyond to expect prolonged power losses once the storm hits. Author of "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast". Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. We'll discuss the latest on the storm.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks. And 15 counties in North Carolina were under a tornado watch by Thursday morning, including: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington Counties. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

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The storm could cause a life-threatening storm surge, essentially walls of water, ahead of landfall which is why FEMA warns that Wednesday is the last feasible day to evacuate areas vulnerable to the storm. But because the storm was so large it produced a destructive storm surge in New York City, and caused an estimated $65 billion in damage in the United States.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

Maryland is not predicted to receive the brunt of the storm. Tropical Storm Olivia made a double landfall in Hawaii Wednesday morning, first in west Maui then Lanai, KHNL reports. The effects of torrential rain are devastating, costly, and deadly, especially in urban areas where concrete comprises the basis of most structures and makes it incredibly hard for water to drain. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

A smaller hurricane dubbed Isaac is reportedly heading for the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene - now also in the Atlantic - is forecast to track towards the UK. Brian Wierzbicki, with U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

"But, there's a 60 percent chance of something developing in the Gulf of Mexico, which could break that record".

While Barjat has been downgraded to a tropical depression with winds ranging between 32-33 miles per hour, Olivia, once a major hurricane, has discharged its strength on the waters and its winds reach a maximum of 35mph.

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