How South Carolina is preparing for flooding after Florence
South Carolina residents faced record flooding, with Hurricane Florence.
If the south-east coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 2 storm, those who live in the interior was the treacherous weather conditions.
Florence wind and rain began to batter the Carolina’s on Thursday. Forecasters warned as the storm is getting wider and it’s likely to linger along the coast for days the hurricane will bring sea water rises on the land, together with torrential downpours.
Those who live in the inland areas can experience flash floods, possible tornadoes and mudslides, forecasters said.
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“Just because you’re not on the coast does not mean that you won’t get some big consequences.”
– Ken Graham, National Hurricane Center
Up to 10 inches of rain is predicted as far west of the Atlantic Ocean as well as Charlotte, N. C., the NHC ‘ s Ken Graham said Thursday. And 15 counties in North Carolina were under a tornado watch Thursday morning, including: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington County.
“Just because you’re not on the coast does not mean that you won’t get some big consequences,” Graham said.
Only in the interior of North Carolina, the hurricane is pushing water into the sounds and rivers, Joel Cline, a tropical storm, program coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told Fox News. And in the Outer Banks, there are only three bays, creating a bottleneck effect retention of water upstream for a longer period of time.
As the storm continues to track toward the west of North Carolina and South Carolina upstate, heavy rainfall in the mountains could lead to mudslides as a result of the region’s topography, Cline added.
The hurricane brings “an impact that have the potential to put your life in danger, so you need to plan,” Cline said.
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Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, said that the “major concern” for those not along the coast “is one of the flood of the precipitation that comes with” hurricanes.
“Hurricanes do not go through like a typical storm events; they are big events with lots of rain, and sometimes, they move rather slowly and as soon as they make landfall and drop a lot of rain on communities that do not have infrastructure prepared to handle that,” Camp told Fox News.
They also said that the residents do not need to live next to a river or creek to experience catastrophic flooding in their basements. The soil can become so saturated with all the rain of the hurricane that floods can still occur, Camp said.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.