Hurricane Florence Could Be The Worst Storm Ever To Hit The Carolinas
Over 1.5 million people have already evacuated their homes and are heading west as North and South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence
If you live in North or South Carolina - GET OUT. Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm, is expected to hit the Carolinas head on with heavy surf and elevated water levels starting Wednesday. By Thursday, the storm is predicted to be in full force, wreaking havoc along the coast.
Both Carolina’s and Virginia have officially declared a State of Emergency and have ordered that residents who live along or near the coast evacuate immediately.
The Hurricane Center is calling this a “life-threatening” storm and are expecting extreme surges in ocean water, exceptionally heavy rainfall, and damaging winds. They have also said that Florence could produce “catastrophic flash flooding.” In some places, they are expecting somewhere around 10 feet of water.
Currently, Florence’s top winds are peaking at about 130 miles per hour and could hit a peak on land at 150 miles per hour, which is only 7 miles less than a category 5 hurricane.
#Florence could produce life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding & significant river flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from late this week into early next week. Graphic via @NWSWPC, and the full advisory is at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/0bQAIiBMKZ— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018
Over 1.5 million people have already evacuated their homes, many schools are shut down, and even a few offices have told their workers not to come in and to stay safe. While Hurricane Florence is definitely not the first hurricane to hit the Carolinas, it has the potential to be the strongest storm ever to come ashore in North Carolina.
If you’re by the southeastern coastline, the Hurricane Center’s first tip for safety is to listen to the authorities and evacuate if told to do so. You can prepare your house to withstand the hurricane by boarding up your windows and by decluttering your drains. They also recommend filling up your car with gas and packing an Emergency Storm Kit with things like clothes, non perishable food items, medicines, batteries, cash, a flashlight, and anything else you might need in order to stay safe while the storm hits.
We here at The Sitch want everyone to stay safe during Hurricane Florence. The Hurricane Center is continually updating their website and Twitter with the latest information in regards to the storm. We recommend checking in on the storm at least twice a day if you’re in an area that could be affected by the storm. Stay safe, everyone!
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