Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Muriel Hammond
September 17, 2018

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says that despite the gradual lowering in wind strength, the storm remains extremely risky because of the high volume of rainfall and storm surges predicted. The forward speed of Florence has dropped from 17 miles per hour on Wednesday to 10 miles per hour during Thursday afternoon.

The rain turned sideways Thursday, rivers swelled and floodwaters began to fill streets, as massive Hurricane Florence trudged toward North Carolina.

About half of all deaths in hurricanes come from storm surge. As the soil becomes saturated, gusty winds will topple trees and lead to widespread power outages. To put this in context, we correctly predicted the full extent of Hurricane Harvey's economic damage to be $190 billion past year.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

Listen up, Mother Nature, we are not about to be hit by a hurricane without putting up a fight the best way we know roasting the storm through the use of jokes on the internet. "Additionally, Florence's projected toll is less than Hurricane Sandy's toll of $69 billion and Katrina's cost of $161 billion", Myers said.

"We are seeing people leaving town".

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

Help may not be available for days due to the unsafe conditions for those who chose to remain behind along the coast.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up-to-date with Florence's expected track and impacts to the U.S. When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for unsafe flooding. Low-income residents and the elderly face disproportionate consequences from lack of food and water, loss of electricity, and other elements indirectly and directly attributable to a hurricane. However, a stall, meandering or loop near the coast is possible prior to a westward, southwestward or northwestward drift that would take Florence well inland.

Some areas also saw the first of the hurricane-force winds.

Carolina Beach lies on a narrow strip of land in the southern part of North Carolina. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

The storm is forecast to creep along the coast, dumping lots of water and lashing the area with winds.

Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.

That included the busy Charleston and Myrtle Beach airports in SC and Wilmington in North Carolina.

Larger vessels, such as cruise or cargo ships, may have to reroute their courses to avoid Florence's risky seas.

Hurricane Florence has already proven to be not just powerful and destructive but wildly unpredictable. Additional crops, including all of North Carolina's cotton, remain to be harvested.

Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives September 13, 2018, in Atlantic Beach, N.C. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

The hurricane center downgraded Florence to a tropical storm later in the day.

A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

Does it matter that Florence is moving slowly?

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.

Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night. Isaac may eventually be a threat for the USA upper Gulf Coast next weekend.

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