Hurricane Florence Weakens To Category 2 But Still Sending Showers Our Way

Hurricane Florence Weakens To Category 2 But Still Sending Showers Our Way

Thursday September 13 2018

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 overnight. Winds are now 110 mph and still very powerful. The lower category does not lower the threat to the east coast as there is still wave memory pushing water onshore and plenty of rain to dump as it slows to a crawl for the Carolinas.  The outer clouds have reached Maryland as seen in the satellite loops below.  Locally we will get showers, but not the main event. Our biggest impact will be on Friday with some areas seeing another round of showers Saturday afternoon. Overall a glancing blow and minor.  See more details of the local impact below.

 

Local Weather Stats For September 13 in Baltimore

Average High:  79ºF

Record High: 97ºF in 1952

Average  Low: 59ºF

Record Low: 42ºF in 1958

Sunrise: 6:45 AM

Sunset 7:18 PM

*Daylight = 2:32 shorter than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 76ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 

 

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Wind and Storm Surge Expectations

 

Hurricane Florence Satellite Loop

This is a better resolution view to show the high level moisture reaching southern Maryland and Delmarva… but the rain is still offshore.

 

Today:

Radar Simulation —> slider

There will be some showers southern PA this morning. Watch the movement of the next round this afternoon pushing east to west

 

High Temperatures

It will be warm an muggy again

 

Hurricane Florence IR Satellite Loop

The outer rain bands have reached the North Carolina Outer Banks…

Dry air has wrapped in causing the weakening. It is expected to at least maintain intensity today and still produce life threatening flooding rain and storm surge in the path.

 

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...32.8N 74.7W
ABOUT 205 MI...325 KM ESE OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 250 MI...405 KM ESE OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...956 MB...28.23 INCHES

 Forecast Track

 

Local Impact:

The Flash Flood potential in southern Maryland is 10% or less.

 

 

Impact On Maryland

The GFS Model shows the heavier rain band reaching Ocean City Friday morning. But then the impact on our region will be more of an afternoon development. See the maps below.

 

Radar Simulation GFS —> slider

Rain bands will try to move through southern Maryland Friday morning. Then showers develop in the afternoon and again Saturday afternoon. Overall more dry hours. But in the showers winds can gust up to 35 mph. Water will remain high on the western shores.

Northern areas will have a nice weekend. Sunday will improve for southern Maryland.

 

National Hurricane Center Notes

 

 

Rain Next Week?

Here is how the GFS Model shows the remnant Low of Florence track Sunday through Tuesday. Well to our north, but showers may arrive Tuesday

 

 

 

 

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