Ok, Joaquin at 2pm was Cat 4 w/130 mph winds at 936 mb pressure source TWC
Next update 5pm
Ocracoke Island, NC is under mandatory evac & suspending ferry service for tourists & non-residents to Island
SC/NC to get anywhere from 8-20" of rain source NWS
Fash flood watch from Fri am to
My immediate concerns:
already saturated ground with that much rain can cause beside obvious flooding issues to houses and cars:
obvious roads/bridges washed out, esp secondary roads
retaining walls to fail - as at Boone, NC
large trees to topple with minimal wind
mud/rock slide - prime ex I40 in Asheville, NC
sinkholes - currents eroding under roadways
Dam failures - there are a lot of private lakes around here that have nothing but earthen dams, some badly neglected or forgotten; we had one upstream
our property this spring/summer that DHEC finally got owners to fix; road was closed for over 3 months.
septic tank issues - saturated ground in heavy clay = hard to perk drain fields
have heard multiple chain saws running this pm in my neighborhood - we're very rural - mostly farmers - most likely doing what I've been doing -
clearing ditches/ culverts so all that water can drain--gulley washer as my gran would say
But then all that water goes down stream - secondary issues of down stream river flooding; although Duke does a pretty good job controlling the
Catawba River with all their Dams, I'm not sure about the other rivers across NC/SC. Any one know?
Reedy River runs thru DT Greenville
Columbia - Saluda River has Dam on Lake Murray, But Broad River also goes through Columbia, joining Saluda, not sure what flood controls it has.
Anyone else doing anything to get ready for this beast?