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HURRICANE JOAQUIN IMPACTS SOUTHEAST COAST

TORRENTIAL RAINS FLOOD COASTAL COMMUNITIES

October 05, 2015 by Sam Smith

Greenville - South Carolina - USA

What began as a tropical depression in the eastern Atlantic Ocean on September 28, 2015 became a major category 4 monster by October 1. Sustained winds were as high as 135 kts (160 mph). The storm stalled for several days over the Bahamas Islands causing severe wind damage and flooding. 

 

Even though the storm was hundreds of miles away, its impact was felt heavily on the southeastern coast of the United States as well. Tropical moisture drawn north from the storm by a low pressure system over North and South Carolina brought torrential rains and flooding to coastal communities, even though the storm moved northeast from the Bahamas, away from the U.S. coast.

 

 Charleston, SC experienced the highest tides and most rainfall since Hurricane Hugo made landfall there on October 25, 1989. Salt water from the harbor spilled over the “Battery” seawalls flooding the city’s famed Historic District.

 

Coastal communities as far north as the Outer Banks of North Carolina also experienced the worst flooding since 1999, when Hurricane Floyd’s rainfall exceeded the 500 year flood levels.

 

At present, four deaths have been attributed to flooding caused by the storm.

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