If you live under a rock (or outside of the US), then you might not have heard about Hurricane Florence. Hurricane Florence will rank as a category 4 hurricane, with winds of 150+ mph. It is currently scheduled to impact the North Carolina coast and then very slowly continue to move NWW. Experts predict that a enormous storm surge as large as 20 feet (around 6 meters) is definitely possible.
There could also be massive flooding caused by rains. The hurricane will impact the North Carolina coast as a Category 3-4, but then it’ll continue to sit stationary at the coast for nearly a day, continuing to drop rain on the coastal areas and cities more inland (like Raleigh). 24+ inches (60+ cm) of rainfall is possible in these areas.
Airports near the beach like KILM Wilmington International Airport (in Wilmington, North Carolina) could definitely suffer a tremendous impact from this hurricane since its elevation is only around 33 feet (around 10 meters). European forecasts currently predict that around 40 inches (around 1 meter) of rain will fall in the Wilmington area. They also predict that the wave height at Wilmington’s beach will be at around 14 feet high.
Additionally, North Carolina’s most major airports, for example KCLT (Charlotte Douglas International Airport, largest airport in NC, major AA hub) and KRDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Delta hub), could also potentially suffer from this hurricane. Although the hurricane will likely decrease its strength by the time it reaches inland areas, rainwater flooding could still be an issue, and tornadoes spawned by the hurricane could also have a negative effect on the inland cities of NC.
Some images from the European forecast on windy.com :
Estimated total rainfall in Wilmington through the next 10 days:
Estimated top wind speeds in Wilmington on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00 PM EDT: