Hurricane Florence is predicted to be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern seaboard in decades. It will deliver tropical-storm-level winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. Many sources are warning that Florence will be the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hurricane Hugo, which was a Category 4 and sustained winds of 140 mph.
Continue reading for the latest updates and forecasts about Florence and other impending storms, as well as a list of best practices to help your supply network weather the impact.Hurricane Florence and More: What We Know So Far
For residents and businesses in the Carolinas and neighboring states, it’s vital to take all evacuation warnings and damage estimates seriously. Hurricane tracking maps don’t always show the entirety of the area that will be impacted. Even when there appears to be clearly delineated lines that leave your supply chain outside of risk zones, your sites can still experience winds, floods, and storms that will impede your operations indefinitely. You should act as if areas even dozens of miles outside the borders of these hazy “cones of uncertainty” WILL be impacted.
Another good-to-know: storm surge — the effects of the raging winds on coastal waters — doesn’t correlate with storm categories, and in fact they can be far more detrimental to infrastructure and human life than the winds themselves. Storm surge can impact areas beyond the coast. The real risk to look out for is flooding — which is catalyzed by surging waters from the coast and is likely to be exacerbated if you are near any rivers.
Forecasted Effects on Environment, Communities, and Supply Chains
Evacuations and Shutdowns
Operational Best Practices