Hurricane Florence Recap
|Summary: Hurricane Florence will go down in history as the wettest tropical cyclone on record for the Carolinas. The storm originated as a tropical disturbance off the west coast of Africa on August 30th. Florence traversed the Atlantic Ocean for more than two weeks and made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. After making landfall, the storm slowed down substantially and remained over the Carolinas for several days. This led to record breaking rainfall and catastrophic flooding.
Track History for Hurricane Florence
Winds: Florence peaked as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph four days prior to making landfall. The storm gradually weakened over the next several days as it approached the Carolinas. The strongest winds on land were recorded across the southern portion of coastal NC. The maximum recorded wind gust was 106 mph at Cape Lookout. A 105 mph gust was reported in Wilmington, which is the highest reading for that location in 60 years. The winds were not quite as severe in SC where peak gusts maxed out at tropical storm force.
Sustained Wind History for Hurricane Florence
Observed Precipitation from Hurricane Florence
Visible Satellite Image of Florence Making Landfall on Friday, September 14th
|Author: Kevin Sharp|
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