Friday, 19 October, 2018

Isaac winds slow to 45 miles per hour, heavy rain, high surf expected

The forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11 a.m The forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11 a.m
Sherry Houston | 15 September, 2018, 14:07

It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the briefing said.

The mammoth waves were spotted early Wednesday in the storm's northeast quadrant, said the NHC's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, which has been documenting Florence's waves all week.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power. A trailing cold front will also give some rain across Northern England, Wales, the South West and parts of the Midlands where it'll be mostly light and patchy, with the brightest, driest warmest, weather again towards East Anglia the South East. "We're about to be in the thick of it".

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure".

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

"Keep in mind it is going to continue to ride along the Carolina coast for the next several hours, even into tomorrow, possibly dumping rain between 20 and 40 inches", Bridges said. But Florence's forward movement had slowed to a crawl, and it piled on the rain in a siege that could go on all weekend long. "It's something we haven't seen. ever".

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20-30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Since the hurricane season began this summer, there have been nine named storms in the Atlantic, which is above average, Klotzbach said.

A weather warning for wind has been issued ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Helene in the United Kingdom next week, with injuries and danger to life a possibility. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins".

Tropical-storm force winds have been battering the Outer Banks and SE coastal NC for most of the afternoon, but as Hurricane Florence veers closer to the Carolinas coastline, hurricane-force winds are also inching closer to land.

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