According to the latest information released by the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence is not expected to have any significant impacts on Chatham County. Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) staff are continuing to monitor the storm.
According to the info they released, Chatham County can expect sustained winds between 15-18 MPH with the possibility of maximum gusts up to 30 MPH. Residents should secure any loose, lightweight items which may become airborne.
Isolated power outages are also possible. Residents can prepare by ensuring they have non-perishable food items, including water, and by charging cell phones and any additional back-up batteries.
..FLORENCE JUST INLAND NEAR CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA......LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGES AND HURRICANE-FORCE WIND GUSTS CONTINUE......CATASTROPHIC FRESHWATER FLOODING EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA...
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION-----------------------------------------------ABOUT 219 MI...ENE OF CHATHAM COUNTY, GEORGIA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...958 MB...28.29 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS--------------------CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued north of Duck,North Carolina, including the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
The Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warningfrom Duck, North Carolina, south to Bogue Inlet, including thermonuclear Sound.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...* South Santee River South Carolina to Bogue Inlet North Carolina* Pamlico Sound
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina* Bogue Inlet North Carolina to Duck North Carolina* Albemarle Sound
Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by yourlocal National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK----------------------At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 34.0 North, longitude 78.0 West. Florence is moving toward the west-southwest near 3 mph (6 km/h). A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected today through Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina andextreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday. Florence willthen move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight.Significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195miles (315 km). A wind gust to 75 mph (120 km/h) was recently reported at the National Ocean Service station in Wrightsville Beach, and a 72 mph (116 km/h) was recently reported at aWeatherflow site just north of Cape Fear at Federal Point.
The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observation sis 958 mb (28.29 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND----------------------STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and thetide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded byrising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has thepotential to reach the following heights above ground...
Cape Fear NC to Cape Lookout NC...7-11 ft, with locally higher amounts in the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo, and Bay RiversCape Lookout NC to Ocracoke Inlet NC...6-9 ftSouth Santee River SC to Cape Fear NC...4-6 ftOcracoke Inlet NC to Salvo NC...4-6 ftSalvo NC to Duck NC...2-4 ftEdisto Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas ofonshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding can vary greatly overshot distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall in the following areas...
Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina...an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals of 30 to 40 inches. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.
Remainder of South Carolina and North Carolina into southwest Virginia...5 to 10 inches, isolated 15 inches. This rainfall willproduce life-threatening flash flooding.
Rainfall totals exceeding 14 inches thus far have been reported atseveral locations across southeastern North Carolina.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina today.
SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas.These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and ripcurrent conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.