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September 12, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

September 12, 2018

It’s a wild time in the weather world, and a really scary one, too. There are quite a few hurricanes in the Atlantic to deal with, the main one being Florence. We know it’s going to hit the coast somewhere, but whether it’s North or South Carolina remains to be seen.  From there, it will bring rain and wind to us early next week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

Florence doesn’t appear right now to be going where we thought it was going a couple days ago. Now, it looks to be heading farther south down the coast before it makes it inland in South Carolina. The track seems to go toward Georgia this weekend and up to our area early next week. But even that could change. Here’s the outlook based on what we know right now:

  • Tonight-A few evening showers, then partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly sunny with a small chance of rain or a thunderstorm. High 87.
  • Thursday night-Evening rain showers ending, becoming partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny, only a small chance of rain. High 87.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy with a couple stray showers or storms. High 84.
  • Sunday-Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered storms develop in the afternoon. High 80.

As of the 5 PM National Hurricane Center update, Florence is a category 3 hurricane, with winds sustained at 120 mph. That’s still a nasty storm, but weaker than it was this time yesterday. As of that update, it’s supposed to skirt the North Carolina coast Friday, and make landfall in South Carolina (near the NC border) late that night or early Saturday.

If that pans out, tons of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina and in much of South Carolina. Storm surge will be dangerous near the coast, and the winds will be horrible. That said, it does appear that the storm will move away from there, which is somewhat good news. Florence looks to cut through South Carolina this weekend, and arrive in the Smokies on Monday.

Of course, that means our summer weather pattern should stay that way for a little longer. Where I was thinking yesterday that it might be raining for a lot of Saturday thanks to Florence, many of us might be rain-free, with only a small chance of a summertime pop-up shower or thunderstorm. That will be the case for tomorrow through Saturday.

By Sunday, as Florence weakens and comes inland, its rainfall will start approaching our area. Look for that to bring some gusty winds at times as well. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely by then, and could continue all the way through Tuesday.

That’s how it looks right now. I’ll try to have an update tomorrow before we do high school football on Friday night. This situation is changing by the day, but the one thing we’ve known for a while is that the Carolinas will see some awful weather along the coast starting tomorrow.

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