Brad Panovich: Florence will bring 'Harvey-type' flooding to North Carolina

Clark Diaz
September 16, 2018

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

"It will be a potentially life-changing event for some of our customers", he said.

Florence is expected to make landfall either late Friday or early Saturday near Wilmington, North Carolina, but Panovich said the shift in track has forecasters unsure of when or where that will happen. "It's a big one". But if you didn't have to evacuate then, Panovich says you shouldn't have to evacuate your home just yet, but as always, you should be prepared for rising water.

Latest forecasts show the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia - parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 metre).

NASA released a video of the hurricane on Monday as captured by cameras mounted outside the International Space Station.

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With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

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.

Florence's secondary threat to the Carolinas will come from heavy rains, which will fall continuously over a wide area for several days.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

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Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast. You never know. But we know.

"It's about rain, rain, rain", he said.

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday.

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"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet.

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