The once Hurricane, now Tropical Storm, Florence has been hammering the Carolinas for days. Authorities are saying that the worst is still to come. What was once predicted to be a Category 5 Hurricane ended up a Category 1 by the time it made landfall, but it did behave as expected in other ways, hitting the coastline and then stalling there for most of the weekend to dump what has been called “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina; causing flooding and damage.
There has been some questions from people about the media coverage of the storm and if it might not be getting exaggerated slightly, most notably with a clip from The Weather Channel making the rounds on social media showing a reporter struggling to stand his ground in the wind and rain while a couple pedestrians stroll casually by in the background.
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
The video, which has been viewed 26 million times as of this posting, raises a concern about overly “dramatic” reporting on the storm. The Weather Channel noted in a statement to The Hill that the reporter was standing on wet grass and was “undoubtedly exhausted.”
“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.
It is also important to remember that even if this reporter was playing up the storm that Florence has still been damaging and deadly. As of this morning Florence has been tied to 880,000 businesses and homes without power and 12 deaths, and officials are warning that worse is yet to come.
Authorities in the North Carolina city of Fayetteville ordered residents living near two rivers to evacuate with record flooding expected. “If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said.
And it is certainly of a size worthy of note; especially when you see the video from the International Space Station as it made landfall on Friday.
Landfall of Hurricane Florence From Space
It will likely be days yet before the full extent of damage and loss from the storm is determined and it is predicted to begin heading north later Sunday before finally heading east.
Image by NASA on Youtube.