One-two punch: Hurricane Joaquin, second storm deluge East Coast

Storm East Coast
October 2015SOUTH CAROLINACharleston, South Carolina (CNN)—A deluge roared over the East Coast on Saturday, causing blackouts and evacuations and threatening all-time rainfall records in South Carolina and the southern Appalachians. Three people died on Friday and Saturday in traffic incidents in South Carolina, and a car passenger died in North Carolina on Thursday when a tree fell on Interstate 95, officials said. The deaths were blamed on the weather. The potentially historic precipitation will last all 48 hours of the weekend, due to a 1-2 punch from Hurricane Joaquin over the open Atlantic and a second weather system: Joaquin drenches the Northeast and a separate low-pressure rainmaker dumps on the Southeast.
As if one wasn’t bad enough. Parts of the South Carolina coast braced for likely flooding with more than 15 inches. In tourist destination Myrtle Beach, water began to swallow a substation, causing power outages in the area, according to CNN affiliate WBTW. “I’m a good citizen and I’m going to obey,” Shirley Jones, of Charleston, said of official advisories to stay home and out of the knee-deep water. “I’m going to hole up in my apartment and clean out my dresser.” As of 7 a.m., Charleston already broke its daily record rainfall of 3.46 inches. As South Carolina residents hunkered down, up to 500 residents were evacuated in coastal Brunswick County, North Carolina, that state’s governor said.
Flood and flash flood watches are posted from Georgia to Delaware through at least Sunday. “The magnitude of rainfall coupled with already-wet soil will bring about the threat of potential significant flooding impacting life and property,” CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. “There is also and increased threat of landslides and debris flows across the mountains and foothills of the Carolinas. “Life-threatening rip currents, high surf, and coastal flooding, mainly at high tides, will stretch nearly the entire eastern U.S. coast,” he added, noting wind gusts that could reach 30 mph and could topple trees. A foot of rain could befall the Southern Appalachians. The Northeast could see two inches. And up to four inches could strike the waterfront between Georgia and New Jersey. The low pressure over the Southeast is funneling a deep atmosphere river of tropical moisture into the Carolinas, creating the torrential rainfall, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said. –CNN
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6 Responses to One-two punch: Hurricane Joaquin, second storm deluge East Coast

  1. The moisture is streaming in from hurricane Joaquin and as it reaches the coast it is lifted over the drier air that has been streaming south at lower levels of the atmosphere. The up lift has enhanced the upper air pressures to drop and that cyclone is drawing in the moisture in concentrated streams and pouring dry air south through the western plains. Here in New Jersey we had wind gusts easily passing 40 m.p.h. and has continued at about 20. Only about 2,5″ of rain and our soil needed it so we have been very fortunate. Sure got cold though!

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  2. jennguffey says:

    It has become a 1 in 1,000 year event. Damage is like nothing I’ve ever read about in the US.

    Here are a few stats from the article in the link below.

    At least 11 people have died from the floods in South Carolina since the rain began to fall days ago, Gov. Nikki Haley said during a Monday press conference. As of 10 p.m. Monday night:

    40,000 residents are without water and less than 3,500 remain without power
    More than 150 water rescues have been performed
    1,300 National Guardsmen are on duty and have performed 25 aerial rescues so far
    535 roads and bridges are closed,
    Evacuations should be expected in parts of the Low country as floodwaters move downstream
    19 dams have breached statewide
    http://www.weather.com/safety/floods/news/south-carolina-flooding-columbia-charleston-myrtlebeach

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  3. Trisha S says:

    I live fairly near that picture of Wachapreague, Virginia. It’s located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia; it’s between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Not all the Eastern Shore was under water, only the coastal areas and that was between 2 hours before high tide and until 2 hours after high tide. Like where I am we didn’t experience any flood at all. We only had lots of wind and the rain was sometimes heavy but not bad. The flooding here on the Eastern Shore was only due to extremely high tides not rain.

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  4. Trisha S says:

    In case anyone is interested, Wachapreague is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Right next to that building there is a waterfront restaurant. They said during the coastal flooding they were only open at low tide.

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