Hurricane Florence: From Bad To Worse

by | Sep 12, 2018 | Headline News | 21 comments

A view of Hurricane Florence from space

As Hurricane Florence continues its trek across the Atlantic ocean, many are preparing for the storm to smash into the east coast of the United States. But there’s limited time left to prepare, as the hurricane goes from bad to worse.

Many experts are saying that the biggest concern with Hurricane Florence is inland flooding, especially considering that the storm is now likely to become nearly stationary along the Carolina coast and then slowly trudge inland. Adding to these concerns is a new twist in the forecast models.  Many are now indicating a southwestward jog toward Georgia will occur, reported NBC Connecticut.

As of early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Florence had weakened slightly with sustained winds of 130 mph. But this will only exacerbate the already extremely heightened concerns about inland flooding due to torrential rainfall from the hurricane. Also compounding the issue is that the track forecast now shows a dangerous stalling out near the coast, or just onshore by late Thursday or Friday morning, reported ARS Technica.

Most hurricanes produce a combination of storm surge, damaging winds, and excessive rainfall which leads to flooding. All of these can come with varying levels of severity but rarely does a hurricane present all three threats at such an extreme level. Florence is this extreme hurricane, with what the National Hurricane Center called a “life-threatening” storm surge for portions of the North and South Carolina coast. NHC also said there would be “damaging” winds for these same coastal areas.

As recently as Monday morning, hurricane models were forecasting a fairly conventional landfall for Florence, bringing the storm to the coast before bringing it slowly inland on a generally northwestward track. However, recent trends in the forecast models now indicate a rare—if not unprecedented for an Atlantic hurricane this far north and west—turn to the southwest before Florence resumes its west-northwest motion. -ARS Technica

The storm continues to go from bad to worse, rightly worrying those in its path.

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm that is gaining power in the Atlantic, although it still about a thousand miles away from any landmass. Florence is aimed dangerously close toward Bermuda and could then hit the Eastern Coast of the United States with a Category 5 fury if the simulations are correct. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states would bear the brunt of Florence, but the effects could reach as far as southern Maine. -The Organic Prepper

Regardless of where this storm’s eye hits, the East Coast could be in for some historic flooding. Coastal areas of the Carolinas appear to be the most likely areas to face the greatest threats from this storm. Forecasting modes indicate that broad areas may receive 10 to 30 inches of rain, with higher localized totals of 30 to 40 inches over the next week or so.

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    1. Brotherhorse

      Nothing fun ever happens in central Wisconsin.

      • grandee

        but you guys have some of the best made cheese around!!

        our church had a visiting group bring some down here to TN this past week. Quite enjoyable 🙂

        east TN may see some rain from Florence by weekend and beyond.

        flooding will be the worry.

        • TharSheBlows

          The Amish make some really great cheese in Wisc.

        • The Deplorable Renegade

          Grandee, the family in north GA is battening down the hatches. The BOL and the other properties are on high ground but there’s still danger of damage from the high winds. Going back in late October.

      • Heartless

        hang around Brotherhorse, someday another glacier will arrive. LOL.

      • WIprepped

        ??We just had 18 tornadoes in one day!! Flooding this year up the ying yang!! Weeks on end of extreme humidity!!
        Oh well, guess you’re right. If you don’t like the weather wait a few hours.

      • TharSheBlows

        Wisc right now in central southern areas are getting flooded out bigtime.

        GET THIS FOLKS SURF’S UP>.. 83 Foot Waves Measured off the coat of Hurricane Florence.

        83 Foot Waves! with cat 4 Hurricane Florence! Evacuate if ordered! See Video- ht tps://

    2. Maranatha

      Everything is replacable but your life and photographs. For years we had our best photos in one box intentionally kept right be the door in case of fire or bugging out. For years now, you could scan photos and keep them on a portable usb hard drive. Those devices are incredible. Now flash drives are dirt cheap where 128 gigabytes cost $32.

      Flooding is a mess. Luckily it only happened twice in a very limited way in mostly a single large family room on the lower level. Automatically you lose the carpeting which is expensive. If you’re lucky, you take a carpet cleaner to it and save the flooring. I’ve never been able to save the carpeting. The carpet pad is soaked regardless so mold within 48 hours regardless of getting right on it.

      Moisture can seep in and destroy sheetrock and then you got mold. That is a terrible problem especially if sensitive to it as it’s a health hazard. Your framing will be soaked and structural integrity issues like warping and outright replacement. It’s not hard work but will drive you to cursing.

      In a trilevel, your lower floor could have the packed earth collapse and put a huge strain against that wall and is all kinds of bad luck.

      If you have good insurance, and gumption, then you probably will do it yourself. Ask lots of questions so don’t bugger it up. Idiots don’t ask qustions. Old timers will generally answer questions because they had the same problems when young.

      Trying to work and do a major project equals very little sleep and an irate wife at first, then when complete, you’re a hero.

    3. B from CA

      If on the East Coast and you don’t evacuate (one million forced evacuations but some people are ignoring); put a lantern on BEFORE you go to sleep for the night. Get your batteries out for your lanterns and flashlights.

      Perhaps I would take a nap the day(night) the hurricane is expected. You might be up all night. Hope and pray you will all be OK.

      People don’t realize how important it is to be able to see.


      • B from CA

        Everyone in our family has at least two stainless steal canteens filled with bottled water; one large and one smaller to drink water from. I keep mine next to my bed at night and take them with me in the car or on foot outdoors. The small one pours and opens with one hand and locks automatically. I also keep a porcelain cup (stainless steal or titanium would be more practical) to drink from beside the bed. This has become a habit. In an emergency, it could become a life saving strategy.



        • JRS

          C’mon…WE know what’s in yer “canteens”.

          We call em hip flasks…

    4. kay123

      That is why I don’t live near a big body of water
      unless it is more than 80 ft. higher or 15 miles
      True some people like having a boat parked near
      the house on a canal on east coast.
      To me, alligators
      coming up in the yard at night is not my idea of fun..
      (especially if you have a pet.)
      But to some people it is the ONLY way to live.

      • Homesteader

        Unfortunately, for those on NC’s coast, 15 miles inland is not even enough. We have such a ragged coastline with rivers and other inlets for the water to move up that the flooding from storm surges will probably be unprecedented, especially if Florence stalls just off the coast. The mountains will not escape the wrath of Florence either. We here are told to be prepared for high winds, heavy rains, flooding, and possibly even landslides.

    5. 2 DOGS

      on the grand strand and staying!!! THE FUN BEGINS NOW !!

      • zan

        GS also and trying to decide.

        • 2 DOGS

          too close to the ocean to leave and this has been a peaceful setting the past few days, quiet, no traffic and no sirens going off BLISS

    6. YohanSmythe

      Well when I went to bed last night they were talking about a storm surge of 9 feet.

      When I woke up they were talking about a storm surge of 20 FEET.

      They even noted that that was higher than the bottom of the roofline!!

      Anybody staying is crazy. I heard a reporter reporting at the beach. Are they staying? GOODBYE!

      • B from CA

        Reports of 83 foot waves off the Coast.

        Radar may have made an error ? So they say.
        Sometimes radar reads rain as a wave.

        This is double the size of yesterday’s waves.


    7. Archivist

      I’m not leaving. Everything is as ready as it will ever be.

    8. southside

      Please send some of that rain southwest. We need it. Keep the humidity

    9. Maranatha

      The Parable of the Lost Sheep

      (Luke 15:1-7)

      10Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

      Jesus said it. I believe it.

      Lord Jesus, I pray that you guard every Christian with their angels and keep them safe. That the Heavenly Host use their power to protect them from the top of their head to the soles of their feet. That you protect their whole household and property and give your perfect peace that passes all understanding. Help them with food and clean water and security and safety.

      If any doubt you, show them a sign and reconcile them to your loving embrace.

      Confound the purposes of Lucifer and all his minions. Let them be turned back and put to terror and shame. No enemy shall prosper against the righteous.

      In the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach let Your Will be done.

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