Storm Surge Like You’ve Never Experienced it Before

Storm Surge Like You’ve Never Experienced it Before


Extremely dangerous hurricane Florence continues to close in on the southeastern United States and it will carry with it significant storm surge and life-threatening inundation Let’s look at these maps for example created by the National Hurricane Center to give us almost a block-by-block Assessment of how much water lies you can expect above normally dry ground this for example over southeastern North Carolina in Beaufort and Morehead City, these are some locations that we think will get significant storm surge Now these areas shaded in yellow and orange can expect water rises of six, maybe even nine feet That’s gonna flood many of these locations downtown But it’s more than that because this is not just gonna be a coastal phenomenon We know that the storm surge with Florence is going to continue inland and search many miles for example in Newport North Carolina Significant inundation water rises above nine feet nearby and even farther west than that. This storm surge will find its way well inland So let’s now have a look at what that might be like for example We know Florence is going to bring one to three feet of inundation across many locations That certainly is enough to knock you off your feet It can definitely stall cars out and even carry cars away and certainly flood many of the lower levels of structures But we know Florence is also going to bring water rises Well above that pops up to six feet now six feet of water imagine that that carries large objects in it like cars for example that can act like battering rams and enhance the damage that would otherwise be and Also, we know that can flood the lower levels of many structures We also know that Florence is going to carry with it likely storm surge well above that perhaps 9, 10 feet, maybe more That will totally cover up one story buildings and structures leaving them underwater and certainly pose a risk to many There are very few places That are safe when the water rises this high So, please follow the advice of your local officials and heed the evacuation warnings And of course stay updated on all the latest forecasts

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