An Early Evening Look At Florence

| September 13, 2018 @ 6:11 pm

As of the 5:00 PM CT Update: Conditions along the Carolina coast continue to deteriorate as the center of Category 2 Hurricane Florence crawls ever-so-slowly to the west-northwest at 5 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are at 105 MPH and the minimum central pressure is at 955 MB (28.20 inches).


• A threat of tornadoes continue for locations on the north side of the center of Florence. Therefore, a tornado watch continues in effect for much of extreme eastern North Carolina until 8:00 pm CT tonight, and will most likely be extended past that.

• Life-threatening storm surge flooding is now occurring on the western side of Pamlico Sound as water levels continue to rapidly increase.

• Water height recording recently at Cedar Island, NC, shows water levels at 4 feet above normal.

• A NOAA observing site at Cape Lookout, NC, recently reported a sustained wind of 68MPH and a gust to 84 MPH.

• A private weather station in Davis, NC, recently reported a sustained wind of 56 MPH and a wind gust of 75 MPH.

• A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon, NC, recently reported a sustained wind of 55 MPH and a wind gust of 76 MPH.


Here are the latest key messages from the NHC:

1. A life-threatening storm surge is highly likely along portions of the coastlines of South Carolina and North Carolina, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for a portion of this area. The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound.

2. Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians through early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

3. Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina beginning this evening, and a Hurricane Warning is in effect. Strong winds could also spread inland into portions of the Carolinas.

4. Large swells affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas will continue this week, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

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