Sep 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

The Category 1 storm threatens widespread flooding

The Category 1 storm threatens widespread flooding
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. 

More than 4,500 people have checked into shelters across South Carolina, and more than 200 already have been rescued. 

The National Hurricane Center and Storm Water Solutions are providing updates on the storm. If you have photos or videos of the storm, once safe, send your updates to [email protected] 

Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons