Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence is developing according to the same scenario that Unknowncountry has been warning about since the publication of Whitley Strieber and Art Bell’s book Superstorm in 1999. Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and now Florence have all come into contact with unusually warm inshore waters, causing them to strengthen dangerously as they moved onshore. Addiing to this problem, the storms have been slow moving due to the general decline in air circulation and the weight of the water vapor in these very large cloud masses.
Depending on its speed, Florence will either remain a category 4 storm as it moves on shore, or, if it should linger over open water, develop into a category 5 storm before making landfall. This is what happened in the case of Katrina, and made it so extremely damaging. If it reaches category 5, sustained winds of 160MPH will be possible.
Because of ocean rise, the system’s storm surge is likely to reach 20 feet, which will result in catastrophic damage in low-lying coastal areas. Judging from the structure of current atmospheric features, the storm is likely to become trapped over Virginia and the Carolinas by ridges of high pressure. This will cause it to continue to dump damaging quantities of rain for a period of days or even weeks.
This storm is like this for the following reasons: 1. Ocean warming is causing dramatic increases in hurricane strength; 2. declining wind circulation due to excessive warming of the upper atmoshere has caused them to move more slowly; 3. rising oceans have made tidal surges more dangerous than ever before.
All of these effects are caused by global warming.