Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Heather Diaz
September 21, 2018

Weather and marine scientists were awestruck last week as they watched two deadly, record-breaking storms evolve on opposite sides of the globe: Hurricane Florence in North America, and Typhoon Mangkhut in Asia. One person was killed during a tornado in Virginia, which was part of the Florence storm system.

Entire communities, including housing developments, shopping centers, farms, forests and roads, are completely engulfed by water.

Aerial imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from an altitude of 2,500 to 5,000 feet, offers zoomed-in views where you can see the specific fields and structures swamped by the storm.

A closeup of floodwaters aftermath of Hurricane Florence is seen in this satellite image over the area surrounding Wallace, North Carolina, U.S., September 20, 2018. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

The emotional words and comprehensive itinerary stood in contrast with Trump's trip to Puerto Rico previous year after Hurricane Maria, when he drew criticism for tossing rolls of paper towels into the crowd.

Gov. McMaster estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion in a letter that says the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

In North Carolina, many people have started returning to flooded homes as the rivers receded.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan surveys flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence during a helicopter ride from Raleigh to Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday. Buchanan also assisted after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

North Carolina was hit the hardest by the storm, but the president warned residents of SC as he spoke at Horry County Emergency Operations Center that the floods would be coming their way soon. For example, excess nitrate in groundwater (that can also come from pig manure) could potentially cause what's called blue baby syndrome - a condition caused by contaminated drinking water in which nitrogen can block the ability of red blood cells to carry enough oxygen, causing a baby's skin to turn blue, according to the Times.

The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell.

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North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.

Duke Energy has activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake.

The President also pledged to help "everybody" impacted by the "epic" storm, saying: 'Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will be there'.

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