Why rivers rise long after a hurricane is gone

Popular Science | 9/20/2018 | Staff
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Days after Hurricane Florence tore through the Carolinas, torrential waters are still wreaking havoc on the region, far away from the coasts that bore the initial brunt of the storm's wrath.

Though the storm surges and lashing winds we see on TV are dramatic, they’re only the first half of the story. These coastal hazards happen during the hurricane, when the storm is directly overhead. But days later, new floods can occur farther inland, even as waters recede along the shore.

Craig - Colten - Geographer - Louisiana - State

Craig Colten, a geographer at Louisiana State University, notes that the eastern seaboard of the United States is particularly susceptible to this phenomenon because the Appalachian Mountains lie not far inland, and the rolling peaks provide a perfect spot for clouds to coalesce and...
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