first_imgBy Ivy ErvinAs hurricane Florence nears landfall, Dr. David Keellings, an assistant geography professor at the University of Alabama, says the hurricane models are changing constantly and this is a hurricane we haven’t seen in decades.“I mean if we look at it historically, i the setting that it’s in, you probably have to go back to the 1950’s to see a hurricane that’s going to impact the coast of the Carolina’s in the way this one is,” said Dr. Keellings.Keellings said this hurricane is going to be strong and one that everyone, even if you’re hundreds of miles from the coast, should be ready for.“People, when they think about hurricanes, what comes to mind is, you think about the winds,” Keellings said. “You think about the storm surge if you’re somewhere coastal, but actually what effects more people and even kills more people is the inland flooding.”Parts of North Carolina are predicted to have over 40 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence. Keellings said he hopes anyone who has been advised to evacuate are following the precautions.“If you are somewhere coastal, if you’re in any of the barrier islands, you should not be there,” said Keellings.Coleman Hewitt, a student at the University of South Carolina said he woke up at 4 a.m., prepared his dorm for the hurricane and left South Carolina for safety.“It’s a deserted town, just everyone’s gone, supplies are gone, food was gone,” Hewitt said. “Everyone is hitting the road and it’s really just jammed packed highways.”USC lasses have been canceled until Monday, Hewitt said, but he doesn’t expect they’ll return to school until later next week.He said he’s expecting to leave Tuscaloosa and return to a disaster-stricken South Carolina, with lots of flooding that will take a while to clean up.“It’s going to be years before everything is back to normal, with the real estate and everything. That’s what our community thrives on, real estate,” said Hewitt.Keellings said he urges extreme caution with this hurricane because it’s not comparable to many others.“So it is very unusual, and most people, it will not be in living memory that they’ve seen something this severe,” said Keellings.Here are the 5 AM EDT Key Messages for Hurricane #Florence. Follow the latest at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/OvRerjNnQa— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 13, 2018last_img read more