Most of us have been watching the news recently about the storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence is just one of the storms that have caught our attention this year and the Weather Channel has taken this seriously. They have released a simulation weather video that shows what it would look like if the storm surge from Florence would reach 9 feet.
In some areas in the track of hurricane Florence, life-threatening storm surges of up to 11 feet have been forecast. That type of surge could be a reality, not only for Florence but for many storms if they reach land at high tide and if the conditions are right.
These terrifying videos show the potential damage that these surges could inflict on the southern states.
According to the Weather Channel’s hurricane specialist, Dr. Greg Postel, it is only necessary to have a 3-foot storm surge to knock people off their feet. It could also carry away cars and flood lower buildings.
If the storm surge reached 6 feet, it could carry off large objects and cars and pull down low structures that were submerged under the water. The video also shows what a 9-foot wall of water would look like as it would completely cover lower buildings.
Along with the life-threatening storm surge, hurricanes also have the potential to dump a lot of rain. In the case of Florence, up to 40 inches of rain may fall in North and South Carolina.
Fortunately, the winds from Florence did drop significantly and it was no longer a category 4 but was a category 1. Forecasters had warned that the storm was still quite wide and could be at the coast of the Carolinas for days. It could bring along the life-threatening storm surge and a lot of rain.
The storm did bring some significant wind with it and the rain continues to pound North and South Carolina. The amount of rain that it drops is potentially of historical significance and could be as much as 10 trillion gallons of water in total!
When the storm was checked on Wednesday, it was found to be generating 83-foot waves at sea. Florence continued to remain a deadly threat because of the size and the fact that it wasn’t moving forward quickly. Even if the storm is only at a category one, it is still a potentially dangerous hurricane.