Pinpoint Weather: Preparing for rain and flooding as Sally remnants arrive Thursday

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Pinpoint Weather:  Preparing for the remnants of Sally Thursday

There is high level smoke in the atmosphere above the clouds that are in the mid to lower levels. There will be an increase in cloud cover as the day and evening move along ahead of the rain expected from Sally.  Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at 5:45 am EDT this morning as a Cat 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. This was a very slow-moving cyclone and there was significant flooding along the coastal regions of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama Bootheel, and portions of Southern Alabama and Mississippi. This will and has quickly weakened but is still a strong rain maker for the southeastern United States.  The forecast is expected to bring the northern edge of the storm across our Southside locations. Find out more information at our Tracking the Tropics portion of this website.

Timing is an issue, as always, and the exact track of the remnants will be hard to nail down but there is a Flash Flood Watch currently for Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte counties for Thursday and early Friday.  The other aspect to the flooding issues is the fact that if the bulk of the rain is in North Carolina the Dan River Basin may receive a good deal more rain. This will translate into potential river flooding issues in Danville and South Boston.  The rain shield will possibly extend as far north as the 64 corridor, with areas south of 460 being the more likely northern extension of the rain.

The heaviest rain will be ending during the overnight hours of Thursday into Friday. This will not be a major flood event, but some areas may see 2 – 3” of rain along the southern tier counties of Southside.

Once the rain ends Friday morning or early afternoon, the weekend will be dominated by high pressure. That will translate into a very quiet and cooler pattern.  Enjoy the sunshine and fall like pattern as we head into the Fall Season.

The Autumnal Equinox is on Tuesday at 9:31 am as the direct rays of the sun will cross the equator on the way south to the tropic of Capricorn.

Also of note, on September 17th 2018 remnants of Hurricane Florence swung around the state moving along the lee of the Appalachians and presenting flooding and deadly rain and tornadoes to the Commonwealth as Florence remnants circled the region.

Stay safe and healthy

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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