Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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People Have Spotted Something Hilariously NSFW About Hurricane Florence

People Have Spotted Something Hilariously NSFW About Hurricane Florence

Wild horses in the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina will fend for themselves during Hurricane Florence.

Even if you didn't know that the powerful storm is forecast to gain strength as it hits the coast on Friday, or that it will dump several months of rain onto the region in a mere few days, or that the storm surge could reach as high as 9 to 13 ft.

And don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a strong Category 2 hurricane.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

Isha Renta, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office, said while the forecast may look humdrum for the region, "we can not discount" the storm. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water".

The storm's center was about 145 miles (235 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of Thursday night. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts. Older homes and less-reinforced homes will sustain some wind damage as well.

Dominion, which supplies electricity in Virginia and North Carolina, is warning customers in both states to prepare for a multi-day storm that could bring high winds, flooding and widespread power outages.


The surge in power outages along the coast is the result of gusts coming off Hurricane Florence and knocking trees into power lines, said Lisa Crawley, a spokeswoman for the co-ops. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated.

The National Hurricane Center says the greatest storm surge inundation will probably be between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. It is still considered risky with potential for strong winds and hazardous flooding.

In the Carolinas, forecasters said that given the storm's size and a likely sluggish track, the hurricane could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial and farm waste sites.

Maximum water heights caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

The latest rainfall projections warn of 20-40 inches of rain from coastal North Carolina into northeastern SC - amounts that could bring "catastrophic flash flooding", the hurricane center said.

Cooper also announced there are 2,800 National Guard troops in different staging areas of North Carolina.

Florence's expanse even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.

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