Calm, but cloudy weather continues as a stalled frontal boundary and high pressure duke it out over the region. Temperatures have remained suppressed due to the abundant cloudiness, but rain has stayed out of the area. We expect at least another day of this, so attention again turns to Hurricane Florence. Florence remains a category 4 hurricane with winds in the 130-140 mph range and continues to move NW towards the East Coast.
We’re tracking calm and quiet weather for a few more days. Temperatures will warm slowly and we could see a little more sunshine by the end of the work week. The summer-like feeling will be back tomorrow and even a little humidity to go along with it. Florence continues to churn in the Atlantic. The category 4 hurricane will continue to push northwest until it nears landfall with one of the Carolinas. As of now, it’s looking more and more like a brush against the Wilmington, NC area before skirting the coast down into South Carolina. From there, we should see Florence move inland bringing rain and wind to two different coastlines instead of just one. Rainfall amounts between the two states will range from a few inches far inland to 15-25 inches in the coastal plains. Isolated amounts 35+ inchs may be dropped near the storm path. Wave heights will increase through the end of the work week and storm surge could be in the 6 to 13 foot range from Myrtle Beach, SC to Hatteras, NC. Wind damage will be possible as far inland as Roanoke and Richmond, NC and Columbia South Carolina.
A complete breakdown and the latest Hurricane Florence information can be found here: LEX 18 StormTracker Weather Blog
As far as what Kentucky will get from Florence…
We’re still expecting some rain and only minor wind. Rainfall amounts are still being ironed out but will generally be in the 1 to 3 inch range. Wind speeds will likely run between 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 at times. Timing for Kentucky looks to be more late weekend and early next week.