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Storm surge built up over of several days, starting when #florence was a cat 4 or strong cat 3 storm. That "baked in” the roughly-10ft storm surge from Cape Hatteras to Myrtle Beach, NC.
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Because warmer oceans mean more moisture in the atmosphere, "for each 1C of warming, there is about 7% more moisture in the air". #florencehurricane is generating about 10% more rainfall due to 1.5C-above-normal temps, increasing risk of additional inland flooding.
The destructive potential of a hurricane is the cube of wind speed. (News to me.) #florencehurricane had a 11% increase in wind speed due to warm water; that's a 33% increase in destructive potential.
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