"Utilities Mobilize For 'Catastrophic' Damage From Florence"

"Across the southeastern United States, masses of residents fled the approach of Hurricane Florence yesterday, with officials in a half-dozen states echoing the warning of National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham: 'It's a catastrophic event.'

Florence, due to hit land Friday, poses a fearsome triple threat, he predicted — the expectation of 130-mph sustained winds, devastating storm surges threatening coastal areas and rivers alike, and massive flooding from an inundation of rainfall that could persist into Sunday.

Along with federal, state and local emergency responders, the region's utility companies prepared for multistate power outages that could match or exceed the damage from Hurricane Irma, in 2017, which blacked out 6.7 million customers in Florida, two-thirds of the state's total."

Rod Kuckro, Peter Behr, and Kristi E. Swartz report for EnergyWire September 12, 2018.


"Florence Weakens To Cat 2, But Rain And Surge Still ‘Life-Threatening’" (Charlotte Observer)

"Moving Chickens, Harvesting Tobacco, Managing Hog Manure: N.C. Farmers Prepare for Florence" (Washington Post)

"Estimating the Potential Impact Of Climate Change on Hurricane Florence" (Stony Brook University)

"Trying To Protect Seniors, The Most Vulnerable, From Formidable Foe Florence" (Kaiser Health News)

"North Carolina, Warned of Rising Seas, Chose to Favor Development" (New York Times)

"The Ties Between Hurricane Florence And Climate Change" (Axios)

Source: EnergyWire, 09/13/2018