September 19, 2018

What Makes Hurricane Florence So Dangerous?

“The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence – with winds of up to 140 mph – is expected to be “extremely dangerous” when it hits the East Coast early Friday. But, it’s the water, not the wind, that has the potential to make the storm so deadly, experts say.

A storm as big as Hurricane Florence will hit with a “one-two punch” deluge of water, Erik Salna, the associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University, says.

First comes the storm surge – a rise in sea levels caused by storm winds. Then come the torrents of rain.

Hurricane Florence is currently a massive Category 4 hurricane. It’s gaining strength and could even be upgraded to Category 5 before it makes landfall early Friday, according to forecasts.”

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