Hurricane Florence Could Drop 10 Trillion Gallons of Rain on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Could Drop 10 Trillion Gallons of Rain on North Carolina

The biggest threat from Hurricane Florence isn’t the Category 2 hurricane force winds. It’s the rain.


The storm could dump as much as 10 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina alone, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com. That’s higher than the maximum capacity of Lake Mead, the reservoir that serves water to Arizona, California, and Nevada. (To visualize that, the lake is currently only filled to 38% of its capacity.)

Maue’s prediction is based off of the seven-day rainfall summary from the National Weather Service, factoring in the average and maximum rainfall estimates.

He further notes that the initial estimates from Harvey were much lower than the actual totals. (Harvey ultimately dropped 33 trillion gallons of rain on Southeast Texas and Louisiana.)

Due to over wash, portions of NC 12 from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Village experiencing water levels that are now unsafe for travel. Road is closed.

Hurricane Florence Could Drop 10 Trillion Gallons of Rain on North Carolina

Begining at 8:30 AM on Thursday, September 13th, US-64 East will be closed at Manns Harbor; only essential personnel with a priority one pass will be allowed entry into Dare County across the Virginia Dare or William B Umstead bridges.

US-158 East will be closed at the Wright Memorial bridge starting at 8:30 AM on Thursday, September 13th. Only priority one pass essential personnel will be allowed entry into Dare County.

Parker’s Ferry closed due to high Water.

The NC-58 Emerald Isle bridge will close to incoming traffic at 7:00 AM on Thursday, September 13th.

Hurricane Florence Could Drop 10 Trillion Gallons of Rain on North Carolina

The Atlantic Beach Causeway will be closed at 7:00 AM on Thursday, September 13th.

The US-74/76 Drawbridge to Wrightsville beach is closed to all Non-Residents. Only residents of Wrightsville Beach will be allowed to access the island. September 12th.

South Carolina and Virginia are not going to escape a deluge, either. The storm is expected to stall once it hits land, then slowly move through South Carolina and up into Virginia, losing windspeed, but still soaking the states. (Forecasters say parts of South Carolina could receive up to 20 inches of rain.)

Need to visualize 10 trillion gallons a little differently? That same amount of water could also:

Let everyone on earth take 69 10-minute showers
Fill 15 million Olympic-sized pools
Wash 667 billion loads of laundry

Mary Greeley News
www.marygreeley.com

credit: http://fortune.com/2018/09/13/hurricane-florence-rain-totals-10-million-gallons/