Hurricane “Florence” threatens US with catastrophic flooding and environmental disaster

Ураган «Флоренс» грозит США катастрофическим наводнением и экологическим бедствием

Hurricane “Florence” threatens US with catastrophic flooding and environmental disaster

Author: Katerina Moskalets

Virginia North Carolina hurricane season USA Florence SC

Despite the weakening, the hurricane “Florence” can cause on the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina real environmental disaster.

Latest data:

  • Power: “Florence” weakened to a 2-category with maximum sustained winds up to 170 km/h.
  • Location: the hurricane is located approximately 329 miles from the Wilmington (NC) and moves at a speed of about 24 km/h.
  • Route: center of the hurricane will be on the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina in the night of Friday, September 14, but to what exactly “landed” the cyclone is not yet known. Then the hurricane moves inland, so that Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in the area of its destructive influence.
  • Consequences: according to the National hurricane center (National Hurricane Center), surges can reach up to 4 meters — in this case, water flooded the first floors of buildings.
  • Cancellation of flights: at least 800 flights on the US East coast have been canceled from Thursday to Saturday.

Power, path and speed of the “Nightingale” will be the main “players” in determining the scope and amount of precipitation and, consequently, the severity of internal flooding, “—said the expert on hurricanes AccuWeather Den Kotlowski.

After record summer rains any cyclone moving over the moist soil in the Eastern United States in the midst of hurricane season, faces severe flooding, said meteorologist AccuWeather.

Some settlements will be flooded in a few days, weeks or even longer. Home owners in Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, where he announced a state of emergency, it is strongly recommended to take appropriate action.

The aftermath of a hurricane can be even bigger if the rains wash away the toxic waste of power plants, industrial facilities or septic tanks where manure is stored. It threatens the contamination of drinking water, which will inevitably affect the health of humans and animals.

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