Hurricane Florence’s wrath begins today. The Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph. And that’s just the prelude to untold days of misery.
What also makes Florence extremely dangerous are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.
"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1. We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge," " CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. Even worse: Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.Latest developments :
• The path of the storm: Florence’s center will approach the North and South Carolina coast late Thursday and Friday, but it’s unclear where and precisely when it will make landfall. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril.
• Storm surge still a big threat: Strong winds will send rising water inland from the coastline of the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center says the storm surge could rise up to 13 feet — that’s water inundating homes up to the first floor ceiling.