Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas hard. Evacuation notices have been posted in many coastal areas of the state. Here are some things to know about the sixth named storm of the 2018 hurricane reason:
1. The Hurricane is being classified as a Category 4
The hurricane, which originated in the ocean off the west coast of Africa, is currently being called a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Category 4 storms are catastrophic and can cause structural damage and uproot trees.
2. The storm has its sights set on the Carolinas
The latest meteorological predictions show that Hurricane Florence will have the strongest impact in the Carolinas, particularly in South Carolina. The most of the storm’s impact is expected to hit on Thursday night. More than a million people along the state’s coast have been given evacuation notices.
3. The storm has a strong flooding potential
Florence is expected to bring with it very heavy rain that has the potential to overflow rivers and produce flash flooding. Unfortunately, the heavy rainfall is not restricted to coastal Carolina. Even inland areas of the state could receive up to 12 inches.
4. The storm will bring with it very strong winds
Aside from the mass rainfall, Florence will also bring with it massive winds of up to 74 miles per hour. Strong winds can in themselves be very damaging, leading to roof damage, tree damage, and even mass structural damage.
5. The storm has already had an impact on places in Cape Verde and Bermuda
On its journey to North America, Hurricane Florence has already had an effect on certain areas of Cape Verde and Bermuda. Although the storm did result in some landslides and flooding, there was fortunately no structural damage reported.
For more live-updates about the storm, you can visit the official site of the National Hurricane Center.