Five people have died in North Carolina and although the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, storm surges and strong winds could pose a danger for days
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Accoring to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florence “still hasn’t moved much”.
The view from #GOESEast shows #Florence still hasn’t moved much as the storm slowly slogs inland. Parts of North Carolina have already picked up 20-30 inches of rain, with more on the way. More info: https://t.co/L9AEmb5sG9 #TropicalStormFlorence pic.twitter.com/pYJKeZ1mwG
Rivers all over the region are expected to swell by frankly incredible amounts as inland rainfall eventually drains out to the sea, a process which could extend well into next week.
The Great Pee Dee River at Cheraw, South Carolina is forecast to rise by nearly 440% from it’s 8.8 foot depth at landfall to 47.5 ft on Wednesday.
Major river flooding expected on the Great Pee Dee River at Cheraw. River expected to reach flood stage late tonight/early Sunday morning and crest Tuesday/Wednesday. Forecast crest could be highest level there since 1945. #caewx #scwx #Florence pic.twitter.com/H79MFHdnLn
Just one example: The Little River at Manchester, NC gauge was installed in 1938.
Up until 2016, it had never been over 29 feet. Then Hurricane Matthew pushed it up to 32.19 feet.