The power of nature is on full display with hurricanes. High winds, torrential rain, and storm surges combine to decimate coastal areas.
Now, Matt Drudge is ringing the warning bell over Hurricane Florence.
Drudge, commentator and creator of Drudge Report, pointed out two bad ingredients during a hurricane: Rain and time.
Early reports identify a system of weather acting as a ‘brick wall’ that could stall Florence over portions of the Carolinas and Virginia, allowing it to dump “tremendous” amounts of rain.
Predictions put the storm surge at 15 feet, and rainfall at 20 inches in parts of the affected states.
Although the storm is a few days out, the general consensus is that it will be big.
How big? Nobody knows for sure. The one thing we do know is that it’s barreling straight towards the United States.
Every model we have is now on board with Hurricane #Florence making landfall in North Carolina late Thursday night.
Time to lock it in.
The main questions are now:
How strong? — likely Category 4
How long? — likely lingering for 3-4 days after landfall = major flood threat pic.twitter.com/TzWJ8Cc1kK
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) September 10, 2018
Anyone who’s had a barbecue ruined by a spontaneous summer storm knows that meteorology is not an exact science.
Weathermen can make predictions using computer models and historical data, but no one knows exactly what is going to happen until it happens.
Despite this, preparedness is a must.
Hurricane Katrina dropped about 5 to 10 inches of rainfall depending on location. Florence is expected to bring in almost twice that.
Although sea level and other factors contribute to how much damage all that rain does, 20 inches of water is a quasi-biblical amount.
Mandatory evacuations have already been ordered in South Carolina. The entire coast of the state is to be cleared, starting Tuesday.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was adamant about the evacuations, saying “this will be inconvenient for some people, but we don’t want to risk one South Carolina life.”
The power of hurricanes cannot be overstated. If you live in an area in the path of Florence, start packing. The power of nature will be on full display, and could leave nothing but devastation in its wake.
If you’re in doubt about the United States’ ability to survive this, just look to Hurricane Harvey, and how Americans courageously and selflessly responded to it.
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