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Florence could dump enough rain to replenish the Chesapeake Bay

In this photo provided by Jordan Guthrie, the wind and water of Hurricane Florence damage of the motorway, Harkers Island, N. C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Jordan Guthrie via AP)

WASHINGTON – Florence rain total will probably be astounding.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculates that the Hurricane Florence is forecast to dump roughly 18 billion gallons of rain over a week in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. It does not include the rain after it dissipates and the remains return to the northeast.

That much rain is 2.4 trillion cubic feet (68 billion cubic metres). It is enough to cover Manhattan with almost 3,800 ft (1.1 km) of water, more than twice as high as the island’s tallest building, One World Trade Center.

Florence is 18 billion litres is so much water there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay. It is also enough to make the entire state of Texas with nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water.

North Carolina, only is the weather to get 9.6 trillion gallons of rain, enough to the Tar Heel state in approximately 10 inches (25 cm) of rain.

Rainfall predictions are still not quite measure up to 25 billion liters last year Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, because the 2017 storm jammed longer and stayed closer to the Gulf of Mexico for more moisture. Florence may marsh 5.2 trillion litres, which fell 19 years ago, when Floyd was the last scary storm to hit the Carolinas.

Maue estimates that 34 million people in the U.S. expected to be at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) of rain in Florence, with more than 5.7 million probably getting at least a foot, and about 1.5 million on the 20-inch (51 cm) or more.

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