Hurricanes stalling like Florence over the Carolinas may get even more common

Hurricane Florence when it made landfall on Friday September 14th, 2018.

When Hurricane Florence struck the U.S. East Coast at 7:15AM ET this morning, it popped a squat near Wilmington, North Carolina. The hurricane — now downgraded to a tropical storm — is hovering over the area, unleashing torrential rainfall, and creeping towards the west at a glacial three miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. That means the rain will continue to pound the same waterlogged ground — which, combined with storm surge, is leading to deadly flooding. So far, at least two people have died, according to Vox.

“Look at how slow this system is,” NHC director Ken Graham said in a Facebook Live briefing Friday morning. (When Graham talks about the storm’s speed, he means the pace at which it

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