It's bad enough when a hurricane hits you. That's why it's even worse when the hurricane moves slowly.
Hurricane Florence weakened into a Category 2 storm on Wednesday night.
However, this hurricane is far from being weak.
Even with the downgrade of Florence, which crashes into the Carolinas on late Thursday night or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center predicted "life-threatening storm surge," "catastrophic flash floods and longer flooding of rivers," and "damaging hurricane force." "
Therefore, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale should not be the only strength of Florence:
That is a big hurricane
Hurricane Florence is larger than the state of North Carolina and four times larger than Ohio. It would engulf the smaller New England states.
On Wednesday evening, the winds of the tropical storm winds in Florence were nearly 400 miles wide – roughly equivalent to driving from Washington, D.C., to Charlotte, North Carolina; or from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to St. Louis; or from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The immensity of the hurricane is why around 10 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are under storm guards and warnings, with meteorologists projecting Florence the strongest storm to hit that part of the United States in at least 25 years met.
The National Weather Service predicts "excessive" rainfall, possibly up to 40 inches in isolated areas, as Florence crawls off the coast of the Carolinas before it lands somewhere near the border of the two states.
From Thursday night until Sunday morning, CNN reported that Florence would travel only 150 miles or slower than the average pace of 2-3 miles per hour.
Florence could threaten the largest precipitation event in US history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 hurricane that settled over Texas, dropping more than 60 inches of rain, turned roads into rivers, destroyed homes and buildings, and killed nearly 90 people.
It was estimated that Harvey dropped the equivalent of 19 to 21 trillion gallons of water in the Houston area, or, as the Washington Post reported a year ago, enough water to fill Utah's Great Salt Lake four times.
The NHC measured wave heights of up to 83 feet – equivalent to a seven-story building – as Florence is churned up Wednesday in the Atlantic.
The waves meet resistance as Florence nears the landing area, but in some areas of North Carolina, according to the Weather Service, storm tides of up to 13 feet are expected.
"The deepest water will appear along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds where the wave is accompanied by large and destructive waves," the NWS report said.
The deadliest and most destructive element of any hurricane, the storm surge from Florence, could flood tens of thousands of structures, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Wednesday.
As a major electricity supplier in the Carolinas, Duke Energy is already warning that 75 percent of its 4 million customers could lose power – not just for a few hours.
"We talk about days, maybe weeks," said Jeff Brooks, spokesman for Duke Energy, on CNN Tonight on Wednesday night.
They do not return the name of any hurricane – and there is already an enthusiasm that Florence meets with Hazel (1954), Hugo (1989), Fran (1996) and Isabel (2003), the four most devastating hurricanes, the southeastern United States ,
Names are only withdrawn "when a storm is so deadly or expensive that future use of its name on another storm would be inappropriate," according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration website.
Does not sound like a faint hurricane, right?
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