Warnings Intensify as FEMA Says Hurricane Florence “Will Be a Mike Tyson Punch to Carolina Coast”

Posted by on September 15, 2018 in Environment, Preparedness with 0 Comments

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By Jon Queally (Common Dreams) | The Mind Unleashed

 

With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfalls, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites—a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses.

With state governments in South Carolina and North Caroline issuing evacuations along the coast and other potential flood zones, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said that it is mobilizing for a storm that could knock out power for weeks and lead to the displacement of tens if not hundreds of thousands of residents across multiple states.


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington, N.C., said Florence “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast,” in a statement early Wednesday morning. “And that’s saying a lot given the impacts we’ve seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd and Matthew.”

At 11:00 AM, the National Hurricane Center (NHC)—which called Florence “very large and incredibly dangerous”—updated the hurricane’s track, saying the storm path had moved slightly southward. While still moving towards the Carolinas it could potentially impact Georgia as well.

At a separate FEMA press conference, the agency’s Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery Jeff Byard said the storm’s shift towards the south was not good news for people of the region.

Calling on residents to follow evacuation orders declared by state and local officials, Byard said the hit by hurricane would not be a “glancing blow,” but rather “a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.” After its initial impact, Byard said the most serious concern will be massive rainfalls that would produce dangerous inland flooding.

It is that flooding, warn public health experts, that could have disastrous consequences if toxic wastes, manure pits from industrial agriculture operations, and other storage facilities are overwhelmed by the waters.


According to the Associated Press:

The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.

Computer models predict more than 3 feet of rain in the eastern part of the state, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a propensity for escaping their banks. Longtime locals don’t have to strain their imaginations to foresee what rain like that can do. It’s happened before.

 

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This Article by Jon Queally was originally published on CommonDreams.org and is republished here under Creative Commons

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