Here’s a quick 8 p.m. Charlotte-area forecast for Hurricane Florence, with more rain possibly on its way and the bad weather expected to last through Tuesday.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service put Charlotte, Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina under a flash-flood watch from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning.:
When: While Florence’s wind speeds dropped to 100 mph Thursday afternoon, it remains a massive, powerful and widening storm. Bands of rainfall will begin arriving in Charlotte on Friday night. Expect the stronger stuff beginning Saturday. Chris Horne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., says the best chance for the heaviest rainfall will be Saturday night and Sunday. The chance of tornadoes from thunderstorms will increase on Sunday.
Rain: Nearly 11 inches is expected to fall at Charlotte’s airport, NWS meteorologist Doug Outlaw said at 7 p.m. Thursday. Higher amounts are forecast east, northeast and southeast of Mecklenburg County — 14.5 inches in Monroe and 13.67 inches in Concord, according to Outlaw. Lesser amounts are expected to the west: 9.64 inches in Gastonia and 3.54 in Asheville, while Rock Hill to the south could see 10.3 inches, he said. Storms also will stick around longer. There’s a 40 percent of thunderstorms all day Tuesday.
Wind: Winds with gusts over 30 mph could reach the Charlotte area by Friday morning and continue into Saturday, the National Hurricane Center says. Wind and rain will continue across the Charlotte area into Tuesday, depending on changes to the storm track.
On the coast, winds continued to intensify as Florence neared. On Thursday afternoon, according to a 4 p.m. statement by the hurricane center, an 85 mph gust had been recorded at Cape Lookout.