Carolinas brace for life threatening storm surge & heavy rain
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Of course the big weather story is Hurricane Florence and while we won't see a direct impact from the monster storm, our weather will be affected by the major hurricane. On the back side of the storm a strong wind flow from the E/NE will bring unusually dry weather to the skies above and that will almost eliminate the the risk of rain. Prepare for a few showers and storms to pop-up this afternoon and Friday afternoon, but the weekend looks dry with a good supply of sunshine.
The lack of rain and lower humidity will help our temperatures climb (dry air heats-up more than moist air). Expect above average highs in the low to middle 90s through the weekend.
At the Beach:
Mostly sunny today with a slight chance of showers and storms, mainly during the morning. High Temperature: 88°. Water Temperature: 86°. Wind: E/S 5-10 mph. Surf: 1 foot or less. Rip Current Risk: Moderate.
Florence remains a major hurricane and is on a crash course with the Carolinas. The slow moving storm will bring life-threatening storm surge and heavy rain to the Carolinas. Friday morning is the most likely time frame for landfall along the North Carolina coast, probably near Wilmington. However, the storm's center could linger along the coast for 12-24 hours. Catastrophic flooding will follow as the storm stalls out, not just along the coast, but inland as well. Some areas could receive 20-30" of rain and isolated amounts of 35"+ are not out of the question!
Hurricane Helene is a category 1 hurricane on the other side of the Atlantic will slowly weaken over the next few days as it heads north toward colder waters of the north Atlantic Ocean.
Isaac is a tropical storm and is moving west toward the Caribbean. Isaac will gradually weaken as it cruises through the Caribbean. However, as long as it is an organized tropical system in that area, we'll keep an eye on it.
Joyce is a new tropical storm in the northeast Atlantic. Like Helene, Joyce will stay on that side of the ocean and not pose a threat to the U.S.
We're also still watching a cluster of showers and storms over the south-central Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 60% formation chance over the next 5 days. It most likely will continue heading west towards northern Mexico and the Texas Gulf Coast. If this system (Invest 95) can develop into a named storm, it would be Kirk giving us an unprecedented 5 named storms at once in the Atlantic Basin!