Where Hurricane Florence Stacks Up in Terms of Rainfall

It's not No. 1
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
Florence Heads to Northeast, Leaving 32 Dead
Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Florence itself is finally out of the Carolinas, though flooding dangers are nowhere near done. Wilmington, NC, for example, remains essentially cut off from the rest of the state, though large military trucks and helicopters were able to provide some relief to those stuck in the city, which is normally home to 120,000 people, reports the AP. Meanwhile, the storm system—now a post-tropical cyclone—was moving north, expected to deliver "heavy to potentially excessive rainfall" to states such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts before finally going offshore Tuesday night, says the National Weather Service, per CNN. The Northeast could get up to four inches of rain.

The death toll is currently at 32, with most of the victims in North Carolina. Early numbers back up the assertion that Florence's real risk was in the water, not the wind. Stats from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show Florence dumped 35.94 inches of rain at Elizabethtown, NC, the fourth-highest total of any hurricane on the US mainland since 1950. At No. 1 is last year's Hurricane Harvey, which dropped 60.58 inches in Texas. (Read more Hurricane Florence stories.)

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