It’s days away and may not even hit the United States at all, but I am nervous. We live in Faber, Virginia in Nelson County at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All summer it has rained and the ground is saturated. A major rain event here could be catastrophic.
It has happened before.
In 1969 the remnants of Hurricane Camille stalled here and dumped over 27 inches of rain in six hours. That summer had also been extremely wet before the big storm. Here in Nelson County over 140 people died as flash floods and mountainsides washed down into narrow valleys. The area was much more sparsely populated then. There are lots of us tucked up in these hills now.
This summer some people in our area have already been worrying about what would happen if a tropical system were to come here after all this rain. And now many computer models are showing just such a scenario.
No matter where this storm hits, if it is as strong as predicted the results will be terrible. The whole Appalachian chain is already waterlogged. After seeing the current Federal Government’s response to last year’s storms I have little confidence in its ability to cope with a major hurricane disaster on the East Coast.
So Florence please go away.