Reed Timmer reports as floodwaters inundate Wilmington, North Carolina, cutting off the city from the rest of the state. Florence knocked out power and left debris strewn across homes and streets. Resident in the city are waiting for supplies as officials figure out the best way to reach the city. When supplies finally reach New Hanover County, they’ll be distributed from three points.
Drone video recorded on Monday morning reveals the extent of flooding in Fayetteville, North Carolina although forecasters are warning that worse is yet to come as deadly storm Florence moves across western North Carolina dumping rain and filling rivers that threaten to burst their banks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Warnings of “catastrophic” floods remain from Storm Florence, which has already killed 14.
More than million people are evacuating the North and South Carolina coasts
Enlarge / Hurricane Florence on NOAA’s GOES satellite early Monday morning. (credit: NOAA)
Typically, around this time of year, sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic reach their warmest levels for the summer. At the same time, wind shear across much of the tropical Atlantic ebbs, leading to an outbreak of tropical activity.
Rarely is the outbreak so furious as the current explosion of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean with the possibility of a fourth tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico this week. Of most immediate concern is Hurricane Florence, which has rapidly strengthened overnight and now presents a rare and substantial threat to the Carolinas and beyond due to high winds, storm surge and, for much of the US East Coast, the potential for extremely heavy rainfall.
In the Atlantic hurricane record, which goes back about 150 years and has limited reliability before 1950, there have just been 11 years (including this one) in which there have been three hurricanes have been active in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Just twice, in 1893 and 1998, have four hurricanes been active at once, according to Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach.
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