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Tropical Storm Michael Moving Away Quickly

By Jeff Huffman

aa4827bf-0bea-4b03-8168-9edbd516bc9eFlash flooding and tornadoes are the remaining risks from Tropical Storm Michael as it exits the Palmetto State Thursday afternoon. The heaviest rain is likely to fall in northern sections of the midlands and upstate regions, whereas the tornado risk is greatest in the PeeDee low country through early afternoon. The former major hurricane was still winds up to 50 mph as it crossed the I-26 corridor just northwest of Columbia Thursday morning. As of the Thursday 8 am advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Michael was quickly moving to the northeast at 21 mph and expected...

Florence Still Crawling as Catastrophic Flooding Continues

By Jeff Huffman

Additional Rain FlorenceThere IS an end in sight. It’s just not anytime soon for those that need it the most. Even though all tropical storm warnings have been cancelled, the persistent heavy rain and flash flooding from Tropical Storm Florence will continue for several more hours in portions of North and South Carolina. The heavy rain and flood risk will then spread across the Mid-State of North Carolina and areas along and north of I-20 in South Carolina Saturday Night. On Sunday, additional flash flooding may occur in the upstate regions of both North and South Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence (or what’s left...

Florence: It's Now All About the Flooding

By Jeff Huffman

Predicted path.Hurricane Florence has slowed and is now crawling to the west at 6 mph. Life-threatening storm surge, inland flooding, and wind damage are imminent along the coast of North Carolina from Wilmington to the Outer Banks and stretching to northern portions of South Carolina through the day on Friday. Florence is forecast to move southwest along the coastline before turning to the northeast on Sunday. An additional 15 inches of rain is expected for portions of southeastern North Carolina. As Florence moves inland, heavy rain and potential flooding be a growing concern. By Saturday afternoon, rain...

Hurricane Florence slowing down as it approaches the coast of North Carolina.

By Jeff Huffman

FlorenceHurricane Florence is now only moving at 5 mph. This will prolong the risks of life-threatening storm surge and wind damage, which are imminent along the coast of North Carolina from Wilmington to the Outer Banks. The first tornado warned cell associated with outer bands of Florence moved through portions of the Inner Banks of North Carolina just after 11 am, with two more following shortly thereafter. Tornadoes are still possible across eastern North Carolina through Friday, where a Tornado Watch is in effect until further notice. Hurricane Warnings and Storm Surge Warnings continue for more...

Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Issued Ahead of Florence

By Jeff Huffman

d74d2db9-e0c7-42d4-98e8-90db6e9afcecLife-threatening storm surge and extreme wind damage is becoming more likely from Major Hurricane Florence in portions of South and North Carolina, which prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning for more than 350 miles of coastline Tuesday afternoon. Florence is then likely to slow to crawl or even stall, potentially producing catastrophic inland flooding across a large area of the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Appalachians. The wind and surge warnings extend from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, including the...

Florence Now a Category 4 Hurricane and Still Strengthening

By Jeff Huffman

8d452dbd-eff2-41c1-89fe-d8a89dcd5439Florence rapidly intensified into a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4 storm Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said in a special statement at 12 pm. This was based on data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft's most recent pass through the eye, which found maximum sustained winds near 130 mph and a central pressure of 946 mb. The storm was located 925 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, or 1230 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph. mph. Major Hurricane Florence will likely threaten portions of the North and South Carolina coast with life-...

Hurricane Florence a Significant Threat to South Carolina, Expected to Rapidly Intensify

By Jeff Huffman

78e3d89f-e3cb-4870-9995-a49390a2e35eFlorence became a hurricane again Sunday morning, and is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane by Monday. The storm could be a dangerous, slow-moving and significant threat to South Carolina later this week. In their 5 pm Sunday advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Florence was located 720 miles southeast of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. According to Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake earlier Sunday, those wind speeds were likely to dramatically increase in the next 24 hours, "Almost all of the intensity guidance is showing at least one...

Quiet or Quirky: A Hurricane Season Update

By Jeff Huffman

Hurricane season updateFewer storms may form this year in the tropical Atlantic, but the ones that do could follow an unusual pattern. Colorado State scientists issued their final update to the hurricane season forecast Thursday, sticking with lower overall numbers from their original forecast in early May. Uncertainty still remains, however, on where most of this activity will develop and track. The amended numbers include nine additional tropical storms and three hurricanes, one of which could be a Major Hurricane with winds of 115 mph or greater. Three named storms have already formed this year, two of which...

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