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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 10:39am.
Alright. Last week, who would have thought that September would end up being more than 3 times wetter than normal?? That's exactly what may end up happening before we close out the month tomorrow night.
Not one, but two systems are coming through the area over the next to days. The first, is an area of low pressure that will form along the same stationary front that has been sending storms into our area since Monday. The storm will ride this highway of tropical moisture right into the Carolinas beginning tonight, lasting through Thursday morning.
The threats from this first system will include torrential flooding rains, gusty winds especially along the coast, and even an isolated severe thunderstorm or tornado. With winds gusting to near 40 mph at times, it's possible that some trees around the area may be toppled due to the fact that the ground is just so saturated with water.
This area of low pressure should clear the area late morning Thursday. There may be a brief lull in the action, but then we should see at least some effects from what is now Tropical Storm Nicole in the Caribbean.
Nicole will lose her tropical characteristics as she moves north of Florida and gets picked up by the front. In other words, the storm will transition from a tropical system to just a plain old low pressure system more along the lines of a Nor'Easter. This does not change our impacts from the storm.
We expect to see at least a period of heavy rains from Nicole in addition to gusty winds across the area, and extremely dangerous marine conditions with Gale Warnings in effect.
Storm totals should range in the 5-10"+ range before it's all said and done. Hard to believe after how dry we've been.
The reward for all this weather will be a gorgeous cool fall weekend setting up across the area with sunshine and highs in the 70's.
Stay dry and be safe out there today and tomorrow.
By: Tim Buckley