WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane Florence, the monstrous storm chugging for the Carolinas, has all the ingredients needed to make experts worry.
Warmer than normal sea temperatures are adding energy and rain to the storm. Wind patterns are allowing the storm to get stronger. Higher sea levels will make the storm surge worse.
And an unusual combination of weather systems could work to stall the storm when it hits, allowing it to lash the region with high winds and enormous amounts of rain.
The National Hurricane Center is calling for 10 to 20 inches of rain and 30 inches in isolated spots. A computer simulation that has proven to be accurate in recent storms predicts some places could get 45 inches of rain.