The state of North Carolina is now being told by weather experts to expect "catastrophic damage STATE-WIDE" from winds, storm surge, and historic inland flooding from Hurricane Florence.
Worse: Four of the state's five nuclear reactors are within 20 miles of the projected landfall site, and only 15-20 feet above sea level. Storm Surge of 20-33 feet is projected, possibly flooding the reactors and causing a FUKUSHIMA-type meltdown and explosion! ! ! !
North Carolina may receive up to . . . . . FIFTY . . . inches of rain in four days as Florence not only slams into the state with category 4 or 5 winds, but STALLS shortly after landfall and dumps trillions of gallons of rain on the entire landmass of the state.
Every river and stream in the entire state of North Carolina is expected to flood. Dams are expected to breach. Storm Surge along the coast is now projected to be a MINIMUM of twenty feet over normal high tide and perhaps as much as THIRTY-THREE FEET above normal high tide, extending flooding at least TEN MILES INLAND from the coast.
There are FIVE nuclear power plants in North Carolina; FOUR of the Reactors are within twenty miles of the projected landfall site.
One such facility in Brunswick, NC, with two old-style reactors similar to those in Fukushima, Japan, are a mere 15-20 feet above sea level. So if storm surge is a MINIMUM of twenty feet, and possibly 33 feet, those nuclear plants could see the exact same situation as Fukushima: Flooding prevents the emergency generators from starting, which allows the reactor cooling pumps to fail, causing the reactors to overheat, meltdown, and explode.
Here is the latest Global Forecast System (GFS) Model from the National Weather Service. It shows Florence striking north Carolina, lingering for two days, going back out to sea and heading SOUTH, slamming into South Carolina for a day or two, then going back out to sea and hitting North Carolina a SECOND TIME for two more days, before heading north to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
This lingering and double-hit will allow up to 50 inches of rain to fall, causing massive statewide flooding, landslides and damage on a scale which can only be desribed as "Biblical" in scope.
The weather model news just keeps getting worse for the Carolinas. Based off recent intensity adjustments, we are now seeing the potential for Major Hurricane #Florence to achieve a Category 5 intensity prior to landfalling across the Carolinas. If correct, devastating news. pic.twitter.com/0mLaHuhkkG— Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) September 10, 2018
The National Hurricane Center has increased the potential intensification of Hurricane Florence to Category 5 strength. Some even suggest that there is a possibility that the hurricane will be a category 5 when it makes landfall on U.S. east coast on Thursday.