Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward Carolina's

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence has weakened but remains a very dangerous storm.

2.5 million people remain in the parth of the lift-threatening storm.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area this evening or early Friday.

Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength by later this morning or early this afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Preparations to protect life and property should be nearing completion. You need to evacuate today if under an order to do so!

There are several warnings in effect.
  • A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
  • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina and North of Duck North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
  • A Hurricane Warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
  • A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Duck North Carolina to Cape Charles Light Virginia and Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

As of this morning maximum sustained winds are near 175 km/h with higher gusts.

When the storm hits the coast little change in strength is expected.

Dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. 

Rainfall Forecast:
  • Coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina...20 to 30 inches, isolated 40 inches. This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.
  • Rest of South and North Carolina into southwest Virginia...6 to 12 inches, isolated 24 inches.

A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday.

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.



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