Ocean water negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence

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‘Freshwater is traveling and it is traveling out to the ocean and anything is in the water will travel as well, so with flooding waters, you never know what can happen,’ explained CCU Marine Science’s Department Chair, Jane Guentzel. ‘There can be large debris, small marine debris, micro plastics, there can also be chemical contaminants in the water.”

Water levels in Myrtle Beach already reveal abnormal levels of oxygen and salinity, or salt levels, according to lab results from Coastal Carolina University’s Environmental Quality Lab. The lab reinstalled its water monitoring sensors in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach late last week.

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Is the Atlantic Ocean Safe to Swim in Off North Carolina Coast? Hurricane Florence Runoff Taints Water, Organization Says

Hurricane Florence has taken quite a toll on North Carolina, with its impacting lasting almost two weeks after the storm hit near Wilmington on Sept. 14 and lingered for days, drenching the region with devastating flooding. Now, North Carolina’s ocean waters are apparently unsafe for swimming’due to hurricane impact.

An environmental group has joined with state officials in North Carolina telling both residents and visitors that it isn’t safe to swim or wade in Atlantic coastal waters off the coast.

The non-profit North Carolina Coastal Federation said Wednesday that “massive amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast impacted by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.” The group said groundwater levels are at record highs from up to 30 inches of rainfall that fell, producing runoff with “high levels of bacteria and other pollutants that come from natural and human sources.”

The Latest: Utility: No negative impacts at flooded ash dump

Duke Energy says results from samples collected downstream of a flooded North Carolina coal ash dump show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River.

The data Duke released Monday came from a sample collected over the weekend after a dam breached Friday at the reservoir for the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington. The results from the sample tested in Duke’s in-house lab are very similar to the data collected upstream of the breached dam, with no elevated readings for lead, arsenic, selenium or other toxic heavy metals contained in coal ash.

State environmental regulators also collected samples. Those results should be available later in the week.

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  • Date: 2018-09-24T20:11:19-05:00
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Harvey, Florence, and the climate change connection

When it comes to teasing out climate change’s role in extreme weather, hurricanes are the most controversial topic. An emerging field of science is starting to connect those dots more directly than ever before.


Earlier this month, as hurricane Florence approached the Carolina coast, a team of researchers put out a forecast in advance of landfall ‘ a first ‘ using models to quantify the likely impact of climate change on the storm’s rainfall, size, and intensity. Among other things, it concluded that the rainfall forecasts were increased by more than 50 percent due to global warming. It will take months for researchers to conduct a post-mortem of the forecasts made ahead of Florence to confirm ‘ or refute ‘ their validity. But subsequent analysis of real-time attribution efforts during the 2017 hurricane season, including a study released Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that these models are on the right track. ‘Increasingly, these questions ‘ did climate change impact this event ‘ are what the public and the media are asking,’ says Kevin Reed, an atmospheric scientist at Stony Brook University in New York and a co-author of Florence forecast. Researchers hope that a sharper understanding of the role global warming is playing in the intensity and impact of storms like these could improve forecasting and inform mitigation and preparedness planning.

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  • Date: 2018-09-27T20:45-05
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Wilmington-area conservatives debate climate change after Florence
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