Florence Latest: 35/23 Inches of Rain Drowns NC, SC Records, Wilmington’s 105 mph Gust in Highest in 60 Years!

Written by on September 17, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments

Florence may not have lived up to it’s initial billing as the strongest Carolina hurricane in history but it certainly did for it’s excessive rainfall which has put large parts of North Carolina and South Carolina under water, killing 18 so far.

Like with Harvey last year, Hurricane Florence stalled allowing rain bands to sit over the same area for hours and they’ve been constantly streaming in off a very warm Atlantic.

Credit: weather.com

Unsurprisingly, her strongest gusts occurred along the exposed southern Outer Banks.

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Probably the most noteworthy ‘wind’ aspect to Florence was the 105 mph gust at Wilmington. This was the highest gust here since Helene in 1958.

As for rain, well the previous NC record was drowned, literally and exceeded by an amazing 13 different sites! These are the latest (preliminary) totals.

Credit: weather.com

There is some debate but it appears South Carolina too has set a new TC rainfall record.

Amazing to see Texas last year and Hawaii North Carolina and South Carolina set new tropical cyclone rainfall records.

The spiraling rain bands within a stalled Florence were likely enhanced by unusually warm waters.

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