The Category 1 storm threatens widespread flooding
Updated Sept. 15, 8:42 a.m.
Hurricane Florence began moving over South Carolina early Saturday, Sept. 15, but it's main band is hovering over North Carolina, causing devastating flooding, according to CNN. As much as 40 in. of rain is expected, reported The New York Times. At least seven lives have been claimed.
Hurricane Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday, Sept. 14, in North Carolina. The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday and brings winds of 90 mph, according to The New York Times. The storm is dropping approximately 3 in. per hour, said CNN, but the real damage is in its speed.
According to NPR, the storm has slowed to approximately 6 mph as it drops this heavy rainfall, meaning the downpour is concentrated to one area. Flash flooding is a major concern. Many residents who did not leave with the mandatory evacuation orders are forced to find dry ground in their attics or rooftops. In addition, the storm surge from the coast, which reached 10 ft, reported CNN, is preventing rivers from draining and is causing widespread flooding.
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