Hurricane Florence rainfall could be ‘catastrophic,’ scientist says



NOAA hurricane hunter calls Florence eyewall

Raw video: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lockheed WP-3D Orion flying through the Storm Florence churning in the direction of the Carolinas.

Hurricane Harvey, who dumped 40 inches of rain when it made landfall in 2017, could, unfortunately for some competition if the Hurricane Florence behaves in the same way.

Harvey stalled over the south of Texas and had a record-shattering amount of rain, up to 60 inches in some communities, which is flooded with hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced more than 30,000 people.

Now, predictive models show that Florence could stall over the Carolinas by a blocked pattern” over the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, which will not allow the storm to be included in the higher areas.

Michael Ventrice, a meteorological scientist at The Weather Company, told Fox News that he sees a precipitation predictions of 20 inches or more across North Carolina, if Florence were to stall in the region.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for #Florence of the South Santee River, South Carolina, Duck, North Carolina, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018


States of emergency have already been declared by Washington, D. C., Mayor Muriel Bowser to the capital of the nation; prompted by the governor of Virginia; and approved by President, Donald Trump for North-and South-Carolina, on Monday.

“I don’t know if it’s fair to say that this will be worse than Harvey, but there are certainly similarities in the model guidance,” Ventrice added. “This could bring catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas as well.”

If you’re ready for Florence, you can read about the steps to prepare for the storm here.

Fox News’ Zoe Szathmary contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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