Karen Struggling in Caribbean as Tropical Storm Lorenzo Enters the Scene

September 23, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
map showing hurricane karen over the atlantic ocean

MONDAY 5 PM UPDATE: Karen has been downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the 5 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane hunters found a broad low-level area of low pressure, but the former tropical storm lacked a well-defined center and wind...

Jerry Becomes the Season's Fourth Hurricane Over the Central Atlantic

September 19, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Megan Borowski
map showing hurricane jerry over the atlantic ocean

Jerry is now a hurricane, making it the fourth of the 2019 season. And chances are increasing that it will not be a threat to the United States. Hurricane Jerry has become significantly better organized over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the National...

Tropical Storm Jerry Forms, Imelda Dissipates, and Hurricane Humberto Heads for Bermuda

September 17, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
map of the atlantic ocean with hurricane paths

Wednesday morning update: Tropical Storm Imelda came ashore in southeast Texas Tuesday evening, but will continue to produce heavy rain and possible flooding as a remnant tropical low through the day Wednesday. Tropical Depression Ten intensified overnight and became the...

Tropical Storm Humberto is No Longer a Threat to South Carolina

September 14, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman
map of earth with tropical storms in the atlantic ocean

The season’s eighth named tropical storm was classified by the National Hurricane Center late Friday night, but it is no longer a direct threat to South Carolina. Hurricane hunters then found that the tropical storm had strengthened Saturday morning, and it now has winds up...

Tropical Depression Nine Forms; Likely to Stay Offshore

September 13, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman
forecast map of tropical storm

Update Friday 5 pm: The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine has formed, located 240 miles east-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A center of circulation was noted on the eastern side of a broad area of low pressure, based on satellite and...

Tropical Disturbance Likely to Develop Near Florida This Weekend

September 12, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

UPDATE THURSDAY 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on what they call Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine (or “PTC Nine”). This nomenclature is used when a system is likely to produce tropical storm conditions near land - in this case, the Bahamas - but...

Charleston Prepares for Possible Record Flooding from Hurricane Dorian

September 4, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Victoria Hansen
The corner of Water Street and East Bay along the Battery in downtown Charleston.  The area is known for flooding.

Charleston city officials say they're ready for whatever Hurricane Dorian brings our way. But what about the people who decided to stay? Many were still checking out the winds and waves along the historic city's battery wall late Wednesday, just hours before the storm's...

Dorian's Eye Wall Nearing the Coast of South Carolina

September 4, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Hurricane Dorian Alerts

11 PM Update: The eyewall of Hurricane Dorian is now parallel to the North Carolina coastline. Moderate to heavy rain is still falling over the Pee Dee and will eventually taper off early Friday morning. As of the latest information from the National Hurricane Center,...

Hurricane Warnings continue; Dorian effects increasing later tonight

September 4, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings

Updated 1:20 pm Wednesday: Maximum sustained winds are still at 105mph, but Dorian could flucuate in intensity over the Gulf Stream. The latest measurement of minimum central pressure is still at 963 mb and the storm is moving NNW at 9 mph, according to the Tuesday 11 am...

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September 1, 2019 - Posted in Weather by SCEMD
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Powerful Hurricane Dorian Expected to Turn North Toward South Carolina

August 31, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Hurricane Dorian Forecast Cone

A significant change in the weather pattern that is steering Dorian is increasing the risk of at least some effects from the powerful hurricane in South Carolina later next week. The storm continues as a powerful category 4 hurricane. Seasonably warm ocean temperatures and...

Dorian is Now a Major Hurricane, Forecast Track Still Uncertain

August 30, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Megan Borowski

Dorian become a Major Hurricane Friday afternoon, strengthening to category 3 status with winds up to 115 mph. The season’s second hurricane will likely intensify further, potentially into a Category 4 storm, prior to landfall with the Florida Peninsula. As of 5 PM,...

Dorian Expected to Rapidly Intensify

August 30, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Hurricane Dorian Forecast Cone

Dorian strengthened to a category 2 storm Thursday night and forecasters say it’s expected to become a powerful category 4 hurricane this weekend as it draws closer to Florida. The government of the Bahamas issued a Hurricane Watch for the northwestern Bahamas in advance of...

Dorian Strengthening North of Puerto Rico

August 29, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Hurricane Dorian Forecast Cone

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened late Wednesday night. As of 5 am, The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is about 150 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico and has top sustained winds near 85 mph. It is moving toward the northwest at about 13 mph. Multiple reports of...

Dorian strengthening as it heads toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

August 28, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Tropical Storm Dorian Forecast Cone

Tropical Storm Dorian has strengthened overnight as it steadily approaches Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is still uncertainty in the future path and intensity of the storm, but trends in the computer models are toward a stronger storm as it approaches the...