National Weather Forecast
On Sunday, Florence will continue to produce heavy rain across portions of the Mid-Atlantic states. An area of low pressure will produce some showers and storms across Texas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile a cold front moving into the Pacific Northwest will produce showers and some mountain snow.
Three areas of heavy rain will be possible through Thursday morning across the nation. Heavy rain will be possible along the path of Florence, from the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast. An area of low pressure could contribute more heavy rain across parts of southern Texas. And a couple systems across the upper Midwest could produce 1-3″+ of rain.
Praedictix Corporate Weather Briefing Excerpt: Saturday evening, September 15th, 2018
Written by Susie Martin, Meteorologist, Praedictix
- Tropical Storm Florence continues to lash the Carolinas with heavy rain bands after dumping 20 to 30 inches of rain already. A catastrophic and life-threatening flash flood event will continue into Sunday as an ADDITIONAL 6″ to 15″ + of rainfall is expected.
- Prolonged river flooding will occur well into next week.
- Coastal waters subside Sunday as storm surge flooding no longer is a threat.
- Weather will not improve until Monday in the Carolinas.
- Tropical Storm conditions will continue tonight for those under Tropical Storm Warnings, including Wilmington NC and Myrtle Beach SC.
- The Lumber River at Lumberton, North Carolina, is rising rapidly and is expected to reach MAJOR flood stage by tonight or tomorrow. Water levels are forecast to reach 24 ft. If that occurs, parts of I-95 would be inundated (between exits 17 and 19).
- Department of Transportation urges out-of-state travelers to avoid traveling through North Carolina. All lanes of I-95 are closed in both directions between Exit 81 near Raleigh-Durham and Exit 65 near Godwin, due to flooding. NC DOT anticipates additional closures in the Fayetteville area, near the Cape Fear River, which could last a week.
- Water rescues have been completed in the city of New Bern, one of the hardest hit cities by Florence’s storm surge.
- Nearly 800,000 households and businesses are without power in both North and South Carolina.
- Mandatory evacuations were issued earlier today in Fayetteville, NC, due to rising river waters that are expected to result in widespread flooding. The police department stated that “all residents within one mile of the banks of the Cape Fear and Little River should leave IMMEDIATELY.”
Tropical Storm Florence 5 PM Update. Florence continues its snail-paced journey through the Carolinas, which is the key factor in why this has been such a devastating storm. The center of the storm is located over eastern South Carolina. The lack of movement has resulted in a torrent of rain and catastrophic flooding, which will continue into Sunday. Now that the core of the storm is over land, the structure will begin to weaken significantly though has held itself together steadily throughout the day–this will change tomorrow. We’re still seeing impressive feeder bands lashing North Carolina with heavy bursts of rain. These bands have been feeding into the same locations repeatedly. These bands should weaken significantly tomorrow, but downpours are still expected to continue. Florence is currently a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
Florence’s Track. Florence is still moving incredibly slowly at just 2 mph. This is less than average walking speed. A slow westward trend continues with Florence with a gradual west-northwestward turn expected. As a ridge of high pressure shifts eastward in the northeast U.S. and weaken, we’ll finally see Florence turning northward and picking up speed. Continued weakening is expected with a downgrade to a tropical depression anticipated by tomorrow. Sunday night into Monday, Florence will track up the I-75 corridor into eastern Kentucky with a northeast turn expected into the Northeastern U.S into Tuesday. By this point, Florence will be considered an extratropical system.
Over 2 Feet of Rain in North Carolina and Counting. The most severe part of the storm has been the torrential rain it has dumped so far. We expected this to be a high-impact flood event and that certainly has been the case. Hundreds of water rescues have been performed. The amounts of rainfall are astounding. Here are the latest preliminary numbers so far:
SWANSBORO 1.4 N 30.59
HOFMANN RAWS 25.87
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NWS WFO 23.75
EMERALD ISLE 0.2 ENE 23.66
ELIZABETHTOWN 6.2 NW 20.17
CROATAN RAWS 19.89
CEDAR POINT 0.9 WSW 19.25
MAYSVILL 3.4 SSW 18.50
MT. OLIVE 0.4 NW 16.80
JACKSONVILLE 1 WNW 16.13
KINSTON 6 SW 16.01
TRENT WOODS 1.3 SSE 15.57
PINK HILL 2.5 NE 14.18
WILMINGTON WFO 13.82
SANDY RUN RAWS 13.52
BURGAW 5.1 SE 12.10
STONEWALL 3 SSE 11.90
WALLACE 3 E 11.87
SUPPLY 4 NNW 10.26
GOLDSBORO 4 NW 10.11
CONWAY W6KRP 9.90
CONWAY HADS 8.38
BUCK CREEK NEAR LONGS 1 NE 8.36
MYRTLE BEACH CWOP 7.61
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (KCRE) 6.89
MYRTLE BEACH AIRPORT (KMYR) 6.74
LIMERICK 1 NNW RAWS 3.45
JEFFERSON 6 E 2.99
SOUTH SANTEE 3 ESE 2.99
MCCLELLANVILLE 7 NE 2.79
SAINT STEPHEN 2.55
If the Swansboro report of over 30″ verifies, this would break the tropical cyclone rain record for North Carolina set in 1999 by Hurricane Floyd (24.06″).
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