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Florence continues to bring heavy rains to the Carolinas

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Florence continues to bring heavy rains to the Carolinas (WPEC)
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Tropical Storm Florence continues to bring heavy rainbands to south-eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

For the 11 p.m. advisory, significant parts of the Carolinas are expected to experience flash flooding and major river flooding as Florence makes its slow trek across them.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to pound the Carolinas. Rainfall totals of 2 feet or more have already been seen in areas close to the coast with catastrophic flooding from both rainfall and storm surge. Top winds on Florence are now down to 40 mph with Florence located 40 miles ESE of Columbia, SC. Florence is barely moving toward the West at 3 mph. The latest forecast track moves the center to near Asheville, NC by Sunday afternoon. At this point Florence will likely weaken further to a tropical depression. Thereafter, the remnants will pick up forward speed and turn North. it will move near Pittsburgh, PA on Monday and race through the Northeast Tue/Wed. Additional rainfall of 10-20" are likely over parts of the Carolinas. Widespread 3-6" totals are forecast on its trek through the Northeast.

Tropical Storm Helene continues to lash the Azores with 60 mph winds and heavy rainfall. Helene will eventually move into Ireland and Great Britain next week as a powerful extra-tropical wind and rain maker.

Tropical Storm Joyce gradually weakens and meanders through the Eastern Atlantic with no threat to land.

The remnants of Isaac continue to fester in the Central Caribbean. This area still needs to be watched for possible regeneration. Currently a 20% chance exists for that to happen. Both the European and American Model don't forecast such a scenario with only limited showers drifting into the Central Gulf of Mexico next week.

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Nevertheless, spaghetti model tracks of various other models into the Gulf means we still need to keep an eye on it. There's a low chance of the system adding some moisture into our atmosphere by week's end increasing rain chances a bit.

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