Florence is not as strong as it could have been, the problem with this is everybody thinks in terms of wind speed and sure 160 kmh (100 mph) is much-much better than 225 kmh (140 mph). No doubt about it but the BIG problem, apathy aside, is the water and the very slow motion of this storm, days of rain, flooding rains for days!
Apathy? Well yes, that happens when earlier reports were for those 225 kmh winds and then they are “only” 160, people could let down their guard — it’s very common.
People, please be careful around creeks and rivers and road washes. Seriously this is a very acute danger, BE CAREFUL! DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODING ROADS!
Ok, I’m off my soapbox.