Florence, now a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, continues to threaten portions of the Carolinas with flash flooding and major river flooding. This GOES East satellite image, seen at 8:45 a.m. ET on Sunday (Sept. 16), shows Florence still lingering over the Carolinas.
At 5 a.m. ET, the storm was located about 20 miles southwest of Columbia, S.C. and moving west at 8 mph. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted that Florence’s forward speed will likely increase as the storm moves across the western Carolinas Sunday. Florence, according to the NHC, will then curve over the Ohio Valley and Northeast U.S. Monday and Tuesday, soaking parts of the Carolinas, western Virginia and West Virginia.
Florence has already dumped record-setting rainfall on parts of North Carolina. As of 6 p.m. ET on Sept. 15, Swansboro, N.C. had already seen preliminary rainfall totals of more than 30 inches and Hoffman, N.C. wasn’t far behind with nearly 26 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday is shaping up to be more of the same, with the NHC noting that central and western North Carolina, as well as far southwest Virginia, could see an additional 5 to 10 inches of rainfall. The NHC warns that this could produce, “catastrophic flash flooding, prolonged significant river flooding and an elevated risk for landslides in western North Carolina and far southwest Virginia.” Southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina could seen an additional 4 to 6 inches while west-central Virginia could see 2 to 4 inches throughout the day.