Hurricane Michael Dumped 6 TRILLION Gallons Of Rain Over The South

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

Hurricane Florence dumped nearly 6 trillion gallons of rainfall on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the previous two days, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Michael’s rainfall totaled “3 Trillion gallons for Georgia” and “1.4 T for Florida and South Carolina” each in 48 hours preceding Thursday morning, according to Maue. Michael moved fast enough that major flooding wasn’t a concern, Maue said.

Michael’s rainfall total will continue to grow as it heads northeast. Michael is currently a tropical storm with 50-mile-per-hour sustained winds and is expected head out into the Atlantic Ocean by Friday morning.

Michael made landfall Thursday near Mexico Beach, Florida. The storm was just under Category 5 strength at landfall, packing 155-mile-per-hour maximum sustained winds and up to 12 feet of storm surge.

That’s a lot of rain, but not nearly as much as Hurricanes Florence and Harvey dumped over other southern states. (RELATED: Professor Says Hurricane Victims Are ‘Reaping’ Their Decision To Elect ‘Climate Deniers’)

Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane in September, but dumped 11 trillion gallons of rain on the Carolinas. When Virginia is taken into account, Florence’s rainfall total jumped to about 13 trillion gallons, Maue previously calculated.

After Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas and Louisiana, the Category 3 storm dumped 24.5 trillion gallons of water over those states, The Washington Post reported. Incorporating rainfall later seen in Tennessee and Kentucky bumped Harvey’s rainfall total to 33 trillion gallons.

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