When Hurricane Florence slowed to a Category 1, people breathed a sigh of relief in hopes that the damage would not be as great as had been originally feared. People scoffed, “It’s ONLY a Category 1. We’ve seen worse before.”
But, as I’ve often written, there isn’t any such thing as “only” when it comes to hurricanes. Florence stalled just off the coast, picking up more water from the ocean for days and that water had to go somewhere. And it did. It went all over the Carolinas, drenching already saturated areas with nearly 10 trillion gallons of rain. Some areas saw as much as 36 inches of rain and the flooding is nothing less than catastrophic.