Andrea Midday UpdateJune 7th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The 11am update came out a little bit ago on Andrea. The National Hurricane Center has kept it as a tropical storm.
Andrea has entered into southern North Carolina. It was about 50 miles southwest of Fayetteville, NC in the last update. It is moving quickly to the northeast at 28mph. So it has picked up speed. There have been some strong wind gusts near the shore from Charleston to Hatteras. We’ve seen a few gusts between 30-40mph in that region. Winds will increase in the metro area as the center gets closer. We will see gusts up to 25-30mph inland and in the metro, with gusts up to 35-40mph near the shore later this afternoon into the evening.
There has been waves of rain coming through with peeks of sunshine at times. These brief sunny spots are allowing us to warm up quite a bit. Some temps are in the 80s already. There was a long break in the rain between about Noon and 1pm across North Carolina and the Southside
This is starting to really heat things up. Plus, we have ample humidity at the surface. So instability will increase, and that will probably increase the chance for severe weather later today. Especially as Andrea gets closer and our local pressure drops. We still have the tornado watch up until 1pm, but that will likely get extended north. It will probably also get extended in time.
So far the rain has varied in amounts. We have had anywhere from a half in up to 2 and a half inches of rainfall across the region.
The good thing is, is that this break in the rain will allow for the water to soak into the ground a bit before the next round this afternoon. Having said that there has been a steady line of rain right along I-95 that isn’t moving much. This area will probably have some flooding and/or street flooding. There is a flash flood warning for western Northampton County in North Carolina. The system will move out tonight a little before midnight. Winds will turn from southeast to southwest. We will dry out for tomorrow morning, but we will see a few storms pop up tomorrow afternoon. Chance for rain is still about 30-40%. We should only have a slight chance for a shower on Sunday.
I’m still not expecting any tidal flooding. Perhaps a small water rise on the sounds this evening, and also a little down towards coastal Hatteras with their stronger winds. That’s all I expect though for tidal.
We’ll have more updates later today. We will be doing updates on-air at the top of the hour. Then we’ll have longer updates as it gets closer to 5pm. Be safe out there.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler