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Anyone in the path of Florence?

My stepfather's sister lives in Wilmington, right where it's supposed to hit.  He tried to call earlier and he's not getting an answer, but I think they could be evacuating.  She's pretty smart, so I'm reasonably sure she'll do the right thing and leave if they say she should, though Wilmington is only under a voluntary evacuation order, presently.  

 

My brother lives about 50 miles southwest of Richmond, VA, but since the path has changed I think he'll be just fine.  


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Associate Professor

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

From the latest NOAA graphic, a lot of VA will get a lot of rain.   I hope your stepfather's sister is on her way away from the storm. 

Distinguished Professor II

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

@maratsade

 

I found out early this morning that she'd evacuated and went southwest to her father in law's home.  Then, of course, the track of Florence moves south.  SMH.  Still, she's further inland, so that's good.  

 

I also found out early this morning that my former sister in law lives in Wilmington.  Small world.  I knew she'd moved south last year from her home in Northern Virginia, but I didn't know to where.  She's evacuated, as well.   

 

It looks like the track through VA is now further west than it was, so that's good for my brother and his family.  I don't know how far east the rain will stretch by the time it gets to southern VA, but I think he's dodged a bullet.  Still a lot of rain, I've no doubt, but nothing like it was going to be.   

 

I'm certainly glad that it's weakened, as well.  There will still be an awful storm surge, which is the worst part of a storm, but at least the wind won't be as bad as it was.  Still strong, but not nearly as strong.  Smiley Happy  

 

Edit:  I see from the rainfall forecast on the NOAA site you posted that my brother's area is now to get 4" or under.  Smiley Happy Smiley Happy Smiley Happy 


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Associate Professor

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

Hopefully everyone will be OK. I'm watching live coverage and NC is pretty bad right now and the storm hasn't even made landfall.  It's nuts. 

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Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

Hopefully everyone will be OK. I'm watching live coverage and NC is pretty bad right now and the storm hasn't even made landfall.  It's nuts. 

We're getting constant updates on our end, it is pretty crazy; last reports expecting 10 trillion gallons of rainfall - yikes! 

 

 

Associate Professor

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

I saw the 10 trillion gallons figure -- it's incredible.  The images coming from NC are pretty scary, and this is just the beginning. 

Distinguished Professor II

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

Well, all is good, sort of.  

 

Both my "step aunt" and her family and my former sister in law are fine, as they evacuated.  My step aunt found out that where her house is sits two feet of water, though.  Smiley Sad  I certainly hope she has insurance.  I also saw on the news that some areas of Wilmington may not have power for a month.  We'll have to wait and see what happens.  

 

It appears that my brother is going to dodge this bullet.  It will be a good distance west of him, though he'll probably get some rain.  


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Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

@GabeU, I'm thankful your family is safe! Though they will be damaged and uncomfortable for some time to come, no doubt. Close to a million people without power! Yikes!

I wish we could divert some of that water to Capetown, South Africa 🇿🇦, where they've been living on extreme water rationing for a couple of years now! But they are a model of what can be accomplished when everyone is a good citizen and does their part. By cutting usage to the bone (I think it's now one gal per day per person--that's for drinking, showering, washing dishes and clothes!!) they've extended "zero day," when the city completely runs out of water, by a YEAR! Amazing cooperation! University of Capetown, an excellent university, was interested in me, but I don't think I could hack the rationing, and I'd never put my daughter through that intentionally.

ANYWAY... I'm certainly praying for everyone affected by Florence!! It's not over yet...rain has far more devastating effects than wind and those effects can last for years. There are Katrina victims who still don't have homes.

Praying hard!
Advanced Tutor

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?

Hey @GabeU, listening to the horrific news coming out of Willmington. How's your family??
Distinguished Professor II

Re: Anyone in the path of Florence?


@debbie.jean.bro wrote:
Hey @GabeU, listening to the horrific news coming out of Willmington. How's your family??

They're okay, though I don't know about their homes.  They haven't gone back to the area yet (I don't think they're allowed to), and the last I knew there was about two feet of standing water in my step aunt's neighborhood, though it's almost assuredly increased since then.  I'm not sure about my former SIL's home, or the area of Wilmington it's in.  

 

Today I was more worried about my brother and the tornadoes.  He lives in Blackstone, VA, and at least a couple of times there were tornado warnings, and they were headed right for Blackstone.  He was okay and I guess they turned out to not be tornadoes, or at least not ones touching the ground.  In his area, that is.  Can't say the same for the area around Richmond.  Smiley Sad  

 

I can't imagine all of that rain.  Over 30 inches in a city north of Wilmington.  Just unreal.  And the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville is expected to crest at 62 feet, which is 27 feet above flood stage?  SHEESH!!!!!


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