The NHC has confirmed that Hurricane Florence is now likely to make landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC by this weekend as a Category 2.
Hurricane Florence is approaching the Southeast U.S. coast as an extremely dangerous, major hurricane. The latest forecast brings the center of the storm near the coastal Carolinas on Friday, then Florence could stall or drift slowly southwest to west over the weekend. Regardless of the exact path, impacts will extend well away from the center and into both central South Carolina and eastern Georgia this weekend with the worst conditions expected Friday night into at least Sunday, although impacts could linger longer depending on the uncertain evolution and track.
The main threatening impact in the region may be a prolonged heavy rainfall event with associated flooding through early next week. Storm surges as high as 9 feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some spots are predicted if conditions fall into place. This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding. Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. An extended period of tropical storm force winds is also possible.
Coastal evacuations should be well under way and emergency plans should be in place by now. Watch the video from your Savannah Riverkeeper for tips on how to stay safe.
FORECAST AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPDATES:
This is a rapidly changing and potentially life-threatening situation. Please stay up to date by following these pages:
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
Georgia Emergency Management Agency
US National Weather Service Southeast River Forecast Center
Local Government Pages such as Chatham Emergency Management Agency
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information from the state of South Carolina see scemd.org
- For information from the state of Georgia see gema.ga.gov
CLICK HERE to see a map of USGS rain gauges throughout the basin.
If you get good photos of flooding, damage, or high water around the watershed, click here to drop them in this folder, with your name and the location in the filename.