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Heavy Rains, Floods in the Wake of Hurricanes


By Dan Hounsell Emergency Preparedness
The consequences of the spill Buffalo Bayou River. Flooded park in downtown Houston

The punishing winds that hurricanes inflict upon communities, including institutional and commercial buildings, can wreak tremendous damage. But emergency preparedness measures facilities also must try to prepare for and respond to the floods that can occur for days and weeks after the eye of the hurricane has moved on or dissipated.

In the case of Hurricane Florence, forecasters are making dire predictions about the rainfall that is likely to come. Hurricane Florence is forecast to move slowly through the Carolinas and Southeast once it makes landfall and will cause catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds, according to The Weather Channel.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast," the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote in its area forecast discussion.

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect from the South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, including the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. This includes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, and most of the Outer Banks.

Hurricane watches and storm surge watches remain posted north of Duck to the border between North Carolina and Virginia, as well as from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, northward to the South Santee River, South Carolina. This includes Charleston, South Carolina.

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell — dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com — editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions and Facilitiesnet.com.

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