Blog: Florence Hits Coastal North Carolina. Local Rain Bands.

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This morning hurricane Florence moved slowly ashore near Wrightsville Beach NC as a category 1 hurricane. 

Radar This Morning

There were damaging winds, flooding rains, and a high storm surge closer to the center.  In our region, we have had a lot of the rain bands moving in from the ocean, but I would definitely say that we dodged the bullet on this one.  There have been pockets of heavy rain, but some of the showers have fallen apart as they moved inland.  We have had some strong wind gusts since last night.  There was a gust to near 60mph near Hatteras earlier this morning.  We have had gusts from 30-40mph in Hampton Roads.  As we got through the day we’ll have more windy conditions with many of the rain bands moving through the region.  There will be more coverage of rain over northeast North Carolina.

There will still be some showers tonight, and some scattered showers will continue tomorrow, but I’ve backed off of the rain totals based off of the latest trends.  My latest rain forecast (today through Saturday) calls for 5-8″ in northeast North Carolina.  A few locations may see 9″ south of or near the Albemarle Sound.  1-3″ for the Southside.  1-2″ for the Peninsula and about an inch or more on the Eastern Shore and Middle Peninsula.  The models are still calling for higher amounts.  I think it’s because they are connecting the rain bands. Here is what our model is calling for:

Winds will weaken some tonight into tomorrow.  It will stay breezy, but it won’t be too bad.  Some of the winds will gust to 40mph early, but they will taper off later tonight.  Tomorrow the winds will be out of the east at 10-20mph with some gusts up to 25mph.  Things should be fine on Sunday, but a few showers will be possible. 

The tide is still forecast to be moderate today around midday. 

There may be some moderate to major tidal flooding around Jamestown and Mobjack Bay as the water gets pushed up into the rivers and western bay. Here is a link to the specific tide info for the region from the National Weather Service.

Tide forecast NWS.

The tide should decrease by tomorrow with the weakening winds.  Florence will move through eastern South Carolina tomorrow as a tropical storm into Sunday. Then it will move north/northeast Sunday into Monday as a depression or area of low pressure.

We’ll get some of the moisture back on Monday which will increase the rain chances again.  No wind with it though. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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