Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall!!
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
Hurricane Florence has made landfall, bringing with it sustained winds of 90 MPH and high rainfall, which is estimated to reach the 30-40 inch level in some areas.
This is a monster storm, not because of the winds, but because of the rain, as Florence is a slow moving storm that will linger longer than other hurricanes and dump intense rain on the coast of North Carolina and into South Carolina.
For days, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, while inland areas will be poured upon. As the soil becomes saturated, gusty winds will topple trees and lead to widespread power outages.
“AccuWeather estimates that Hurricane Florence will cause $30-60 billion in economic impact and damage. To put this in context, we correctly predicted the full extent of Hurricane Harvey’s economic damage to be $190 billion last year. While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence, Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 60 inches of rain locally centered around the United States’ fourth largest city, Houston, which has a population of 2.3 million,” AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said.
Our thoughts and prayers go with those in the affected areas. Storms like these are, thankfully, rare, but they are devastating when they occur. If you can offer assistance, please do so. The storm is slow moving, so it will be days before recovery can begin.