Remnants of Hurricane Michael to hit Pee Dee Thursday
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Pee Dee residents should brace for a tropical storm later this week as the remnants of Hurricane Michael blow through Thursday.
“Based on the latest track, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to arrive Thursday morning for northeast South Carolina,” Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, N.C., wrote in a brief on the storm.
“The storm is expected to be moving quickly across the Carolinas and winds will improve during Thursday night,” Pfaff wrote in the briefing.
Based on the storm track as of Tuesday morning, Florence could see peak sustained winds of 27 miles an hour with gusts up to 39 miles an hour. Areas west of Florence would see a little less wind while areas east of Florence would see a little more, according to the briefing.
The highest wind is forecast to occur along the coast.
The storm is forecast to drop 2-4 inches of rain across the Pee Dee.
“The ground remains saturated in many areas from Florence’s rainfall and any heavy rainfall from Michael may quickly lead to additional flooding,” Pfaff wrote in the briefing. “Those residents of business who suffered roof damage from [Hurricane] Florence need to secure tarps for tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall.”
The saturated ground will also make it easier for winds to topple trees and that could lead to power outages, according to the briefing.
There is also an elevated risk of tornadoes throughout the day Thursday.
The storm is also expected to cause coastal flooding that coincides with high tides.