A Quick Check On Florence At 9:00 PM CT

| September 13, 2018 @ 9:09 pm

Conditions continue to deteriorate along the Carolina coast as Hurricane Florence continues to slowly crawl towards the shoreline. Amzing total so far… over 12 inches of rain has fallen in Atlantic Beach of Carteret County, NC. As of a few hours ago, over 79,000 are already without power in North Carolina. Here are the latest details at 9:00 pm CT:

  • Hurricane conditions are now spreading across the Cape Lookout area of North Carolina.
  • Maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 100 MPH.
  • Minimum central pressure holding steady at 955 MB (28.20 inches).
  • Movement is to the northwest at 5 MPH.
  • The eye of Florence is located around 50 miles south of Morehead, NC, and around 75 east-southeast of Wilmington, NC.

  • A tornado Watch is in effect for a good part of extreme eastern parts of North Carolina until 7:00 am ET.
  • A NOAA observing site at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 83 MPH and a gust to 101 MPH.
  • A private weather station in Davis, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 79 MPH and a wind gust of 98 MPH.
  • A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 71 MPH and a wind gust of 100 MPH.
  • Water levels continue to rise quickly on the western side of Pamlico Sound.
  • A gauge at Oriental, North Carolina, on the Neuse River is recording a water height of about 6.0 feet above normal levels.

Key Messages

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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