The 11:00 am advisory has moved a little south, based on this advisory Hurricane Florence will be about 460 miles from our coast on Wednesday morning. Still early to tell exactly where Florence will make landfall, but we need to prepare now.
Tropical Storm Florence Discussion Number 33
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018
1100 AM AST Fri Sep 07 2018
Moderate to strong southwesterly shear continues to affect Florence,
but visible and microwave satellite images indicate that the
cyclone is maintaining a vigorous, but tilted, circulation.
A mid-level eye feature is noted in both types of satellite
imagery, but the low-level center still appears displaced to the
southwest. Subjective and objective satellite intensity estimates
have stopped falling–and some have even begun to increase a bit
again–so the initial intensity is being held at 55 kt.
The shear over Florence has likely reached its maximum and is
expected to decrease below 20 kt in 6-12 hours and then decrease to
10 kt or less in 36 hours. All the while, sea surface temperatures
will be gradually increasing to between 28-29C, and perhaps more
importantly, oceanic heat content values will double in 3-4 days.
It may take the cyclone some time to gather itself once the shear
abates, but once it becomes vertically stacked again, the intensity
is likely to increase significantly. The guidance is in agreement
on this scenario, and Florence is likely to re-attain hurricane
status in about 48 hours and then potentially major hurricane
strength by days 4-5. The new official forecast is fairly similar
to the previous one, generally close to the ICON intensity consensus
and slightly below the HCCA model on days 4 and 5.
Florence is moving westward, or 270/7 kt, to the south of the
eastern periphery of a subtropical ridge extending east of the
Mid-Atlantic United States. The global model guidance is actually
in fairly good agreement on the general evolution of the steering
pattern around Florence through day 5. While it remains a tilted
cyclone, Florence is expected to continue moving westward for the
next 48 hours. After that time, a break in the ridge should allow
Florence to turn west-northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic.
A new mid-level ridge is expected to develop over the western
Atlantic on days 4-5, but the position of that high will play a big
role regarding how much Florence may turn by the end of the
forecast period. Only a slight southward nudge of forecast track
was required on this cycle, keeping the NHC prediction between the
GFS and ECMWF solutions.
1. Regardless of Florence’s eventual track, large swells will begin
to affect Bermuda later today and portions of the U.S. East Coast
this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents.
2. The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along
the U.S. East Coast next week has increased. However, there is
still very large uncertainty in model forecasts of Florence’s track
beyond day 5, making it too soon to determine the exact location,
magnitude, and timing of these impacts. Interests near and along
the U.S. East Coast should monitor the progress of Florence through
the weekend and ensure they have their hurricane plans in place.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 07/1500Z 25.0N 51.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
12H 08/0000Z 24.9N 52.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
24H 08/1200Z 24.9N 54.0W 55 KT 65 MPH
36H 09/0000Z 24.9N 55.1W 60 KT 70 MPH
48H 09/1200Z 25.1N 56.2W 65 KT 75 MPH
72H 10/1200Z 25.9N 59.8W 90 KT 105 MPH
96H 11/1200Z 27.5N 65.5W 110 KT 125 MPH
120H 12/1200Z 30.0N 72.0W 115 KT 130 MPH
As you see below the error cone keeps getting closer to the coast of NC. By Monday or sooner, I think we will be in the error cone. This will prompt us to start our Hurricane preparations. Do not wait to start Monday for your family to get ready and have a plan. This current path will bring the storm very close to our area. We will be ready.
Also, in the back of your mind there are other systems we are keeping a close eye on. More to come.
The Five Tropical Outlook has put a lot of red on the map for us to watch. As I have said earlier, we need to watch Hurricane Florence closely. By Monday, the east coast could be very interesting to see if we are in the in the error cone, or even closer. If we are, just be prepared for any protective actions.
The last graphic give the 3 and 5 day error cone.
Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Thu Sep 6 2018
For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane
Florence, located over the central subtropical Atlantic Ocean.
The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
Depression Gordon, located near the Mississippi-Arkansas border.
1. A broad and elongated area of low pressure is centered several
hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The
associated shower and thunderstorm activity has changed little in
organization since yesterday, and there are no indications yet that
the system has a well-defined center of circulation. However,
environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a
tropical depression is expected to form within the next few days
while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward across
the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent.
2. A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa
on Friday. Some development of this system is anticipated after
that time, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend or
early next week while the wave moves westward or west-northwestward
over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean. Interests in the
Cabo Verde Islands should monitor the progress of this system
during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.
Public Advisories on Gordon are issued by the Weather Prediction
Center under AWIPS header TCPAT2, WMO header WTNT32 KWNH, and on the
web at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Well, it looks like the tropics are becoming a little more active. TS Gordon made landfall yesterday, bringing a lot of rain to the area with several fatalities already. Hurricane Florence has become a Cat. 3 storm wind of 120 mph. Florence is still far out in the Atlantic, but forecasted to come close to Bermuda. We could see another tropical depression by the weekend, and model tracks on 92L are keeping the system south of Hurricane Florence. We will have to keep watching this system. Another wave is coming of the coast of Africa and as of now, it is has a low percentage of becoming a tropical depression.
I would like to thank the Pender County Commissioners for approving several budget items that will assist the Pender EOC in managing emergency incidents and events when they occur in the county. WebEOC management software will be updated, along with new computers.
Hope everyone had a great long weekend, want to bring you up to date on what to look for in the tropics. TS Gordon in the Gulf could become a Hurricane before it’s makes land fall in Mississippi. TS Florence will stay out in the Atlantic. There is a system that just came off the Africa coast that in about five days has a chance to become a tropical storm. This one we will watch.
Area in the Atlantic to watch
Only tropical issue in the Atlantic just rolled off the Coast of Africa. Conditions are not too favorable right now.