The Carolinas are right in the bullseye of where Hurricane Florence is headed, and South Carolina’s governor has ordered the evacuation of the entire coastline ahead of the category four hurricane.
KELOLAND News takes a look at the storm.
While much of KELOLAND will stay dry, the east coast is bracing for record rainfall.
As Florence continues to move west toward the eastern coast, it’s expected to hit somewhere in the Carolinas as a major hurricane. Rain amounts will be high and may measure as much as three feet for some before the storm slowly moves out to sea. It will more than likely set some state records along the east coast.
This graphic shows the highest rain amounts for tropical systems and their remnants. For the Carolinas, it’s as high as two feet from Floyd in 1999.
While we’re not worried about the remnants of Florence here in KELOLAND, there was a storm that gave South Dakota its highest from a tropical system, that was in 1992 with the remnants from Hurricane Lester.
That’s a storm that came in from the southwest, not the Gulf as you may have thought. It produced just over three and a quarter inches in August 1992.
With all the rain that has fallen this summer, three and a quarter inches doesn’t seem like much, but it is over the average monthly rainfall for many in South Dakota.