Hurricane Florence will dominate the headlines this coming week, and for good reason, but we need to also keep an eye on two other systems that will impact land areas.
In the central Pacific, we are tracking hurricane Olivia which is forecast to drop southwest over time and bring rain and wind to portions of the Hawaiian Islands. I do not think there is much to worry about here except the heavy rain and locally rough surf. Olivia is slowly degenerating and should be on the down-turn as it passes the region.
We also are tracking TS Isaac which is forecast to impact the Lesser Antilles this week as a hurricane. It’s too soon to know which of the islands will receive the most wind, rain etc, but it’s looking more and more likely that hurricane conditions will be felt in some locations.
And of course we have Florence which is now a hurricane again. The official NHC forecast tracks Florence in to SE NC late next week and it is likely to be a strong hurricane when it does so.
The impacts will range from rough surf in the near term to full-on hurricane conditions by later in the week. Heavy rain, possibly made worse by a stall or slow movement, may result in major flooding; something we are unfortunately used to here in the Tarheel state. The coastal areas will receive the brunt of the winds and surge, all yet to be determined. If you have not done much to prepare ahead of time, now is your chance to do so. Time is running.
Here is my latest video discussion which covers all of these topics. I will post another update here near 6pm ET today.