Hurricane

As Florence continues to slam parts of the Carolinas, here’s where Beaufort Co. stands

8 p.m. update:

For Beaufort County, the worst of Tropical Storm Florence may already be over.

“The storm is moving away and weakening,” said Michael Stroz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston. “The worst winds are basically what we’re seeing now, and the threat of any flooding or storm surge has passed.”

Maximum sustained winds for the county should be in the 20 mile-per-hour range “at best,” Stroz said, with gusts between 30 to 35 miles per hour.

Beaufort County can expect a “a breezy, gusty day” Saturday, light rain Sunday and the threat of heavy thunderstorms Monday as Tropical Storm Florence continues to weaken over vast swatches of the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 8 p.m., Florence was 65 miles east-southeast of Columbia, moving west at a sluggish 2 mph with max winds of 45 mph.

Bob Bright, another meteorologist with the Weather Service, said the outlook for local winds in general was positive.

“Wind gusts could knock a branch over, but there’s hardly any rain and wind combination in Beaufort County today to cause that,” he said. “There’s more risk in the Lowcountry toward Charleston and in the Midlands.”

Rain is also expected to be light Saturday, though occasional bursts are possible. Bright said that through Sunday, Beaufort County should expect a quarter to three-tenths inches of rain, though local totals could be higher.

Monday is still slated to bring thunderstorms into the county, Bright said. Rain totals from Florence through Monday are expected to be between half a to three-quarters of an inch for the county.

“The thunderstorm from Florence on Monday will still pull moisture in from the south, but Monday will be your typical thunderstorm,” Bright said.

Weather Service meteorologist Peter Mohlin cautioned that some localized flooding is possible, but said the rain forecast for Monday is from isolated and scattered thunderstorms.

“The severe threat is almost zero (for widespread flooding),” he said.

The biggest remaining threat are rip currents, Mohlin said. That threat remains high, though it will probably lessen by 8 p.m., and downgraded to a “moderate” threat.

“With the high threat, nobody should be in the water,” he said. “But with the moderate threat, anyone that’s not a really good swimmer should still stay out.”

7-day National Weather Service forecast:

Saturday night

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Monday

Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Monday Night

Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Tuesday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Thursday

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Friday

Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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