Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and SC this week, experts said.

What made the situation worse was Florence's languid, 6 kph pace, and its proximity to the coastline which provided the storm access to an unlimited supply of water vapor from the warm Atlantic Ocean. The trillions of gallons of rainwater making its way into rivers and streams is resulting in flooding of epic proportions.

In Conway, South Carolina some residents were heading home Wednesday but only to collect their belongings and evacuate again after officials say more flooding could be on the way.

With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out. About a dozen rivers in North and SC have overflowed their banks.

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Both states have received significant federal assistance.

North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. Duke Energy issued a high-level emergency alert after floodwaters from the Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina. 'Because you're going to have a lot of water'. The utility said it did not think any coal ash was at risk. MSNBC brought up climate in 13 percent of its Florence reports, considerably ahead of CNN's 4 percent; Fox discussed climate in 10 percent of 51 segments on Florence, but, the study noted, "All five of Fox News Network's mentions of climate change were segments denying the relationship between the storm and climate change". "We're going to be there for this disaster".

While the road to recovery will be long, Americans are doing everything they can to help the affected residents.

President Donald Trump walks toward Marine One outside the White House en route to see the damage from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas on September 19, 2018.

When Matthew hit the state, it flooded more than 140 hog and poultry barns, more than a dozen open hog waste pits and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields, the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance reported. In addition, members of the Hornets organization are putting together 5,000 boxes for food banks in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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