While Hurricane Florence was only a category one storm when it made landfall and was quickly downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the media, it left severe floods behind in its wake:
Rivers approached record flood stage and more than 680,000 utility customers were without power Sunday as North Carolina struggled under the crushing fury of Florence, the mighty hurricane diminished to a tropical depression but still pounding the region with unrelenting rain.
The Florence death toll rose to 13 when authorities in South Carolina revealed that a Horry County couple died from breathing in carbon monoxide from a power generator in their home.
Florence has stalled over the Carolinas and was forecast to dump up to 10 more inches of rain in some areas, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. Parts of southeastern North Carolina could see up to 40 inches before the rain ends Monday. And the damage isn’t confined to the coast.
“These rainfall amounts will produce catastrophic flash flooding, prolonged significant river flooding and an elevated risk for landslides in western North Carolina and far southwest Virginia,” the hurricane center warned.
Sections of two interstates, I-40 and I-95, were shut down due to flooding and debris. Several rivers were approaching record levels, and officials warned that cresting in some areas won’t come until later in the week.
The media has an obvious interest in overhyping the storm damage, due to the hope that it will hurt Trump politically and also because they staked their own credibility on Florence being an epic apocalyptic disaster. This Weather Channel reporter faking high winds is just one example of how the media’s coverage of the storm isn’t trustworthy.
It will be some time – weeks, if not months – before the full extent of the storm’s damage is really known.