Good Friday morning everyone!
It's another quiet start over NWFL as all eye are watching Florence make landfall on the Carolina Coast this morning near Wilmington, NC. Flooding and power outages have come to fruition, as well as rescues from storm surge flooded communities. While our weather may be great today, we need to keep those folks in the Carolina's in our thoughts and prayers today as this system still has a long ways to go.
Temperatures out the door this morning start in the mid 70s and feeling quiet humid. We'll be off to another sunny commute with a hot day on tap. Highs today will reach the low to mid 90s panhandle wide with feels like temperatures pushing the low triple digits. The heat and humidity will only go so far though into creating any storms today.
Due to drier air and high pressure nosing down into the Panhandle, on the west and southwest side of Florence, any storms that flare up today will be very isolated and mainly inland. While Florence will continue to be an issue in the Carolina's, it will indirectly lead toward drier conditions for us over the weekend. Expect more sunshine to start our days and only fair weather clouds increasing throughout the middays and afternoons of Saturday and Sunday.
With the lack of rain in the forecast, however, you can expect it to be a hot weekend! Highs will push the low to mid 90s both Saturday and Sunday with feels like temperatures reaching the low triple digits.
Hurricane Florence is making landfall this morning in North Carolina near the Wilmington area. The area has already been taking massive hits from this storm on all fronts, storm surge, winds, heavy rains, and power outages. Numerous reports of rescues have been made through the overnight due to storm surge flooding neighborhoods up rivers in the Pamlico Sound. This system is just barely moving at 5mph to the west, and will continue to crawl for the next several days bringing intense tropical storm to hurricane force conditions to the Carolina's for another 24-36hrs.
Invest 95-L is bringing heavy rains to the Western Gulf, and that will continue regardless of development through the weekend.
Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to weaken further as it commutes into the harsh conditions in the Caribbean through the weekend. However, we'll continue to watch this storm for any signs of life through the weekend and early next week.
Both Joyce and Helene are heading to the North Atlantic and will pose no threats to land.
For today, mostly to partly sunny skies with a stray afternoon shower possible. Highs today will reach the low to mid 90s with feels like temps in the lower triple digits. Your 7 Day Forecast will keep our rain chances low and the heat up through the upcoming weekend.