CAROLINA BEACH : September 10th, 2017 - Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox posted an update earlier today on social media regarding anticiapted weather conditions today and throughout the begining of the week.
Wilcox explained key points include:
· While some ocean over-wash is possible with high tide beginning Sunday the winds will become more onshore during Monday creating coastal flooding, especially with high tide around Noon and midnight Tue morning.
· The bulk of the impacts are expected during Monday and Monday night into early Tuesday morning before conditions improve during the day Tuesday.
· The tornado risk will be greatest during Monday across all areas, and the risk will shift into portions of SE and E NC during Tue morning.
· Our part of the Carolinas will experience peripheral impacts between high pressure to our N & Irma to our S and SW including: gusty winds, some heavy rain, isolated tornadoes, and some coastal flooding.
· Although weather conditions will gradually improve during Tuesday the risk for dangerous surf and rip currents will persist through the upcoming week as swells from Jose impact our coast.
According to the 8PM forecast from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, NC, Rainfall will develop tonight with the bulk of it occurring Monday and Monday night. Overall 1-2.5” expected across southeast NC and generally 2-4.5” across northeast SC. Some areas near low-lying or other prone locations may receive flooding, primarily south of a Florence to Myrtle Beach line.
The wind will continue to increase during the day as high pressure interacts with the peripheral circulation of Irma. The highest winds are expected along coastal SC. The wind is expected to peak Monday from the late morning into the evening, then gradually diminish early Tue morning. These winds could easily topple weak or poorly rooted trees. Widely scattered power outages are possible.
Max winds could reach as high as 35 to 47 miles per hour throughout Monday in the New Hanover County area with rainfall amounts as much as 2".
The tornado risk is not expected to develop until after 8 AM Monday, and it will persist through Monday afternoon/evening and into Tuesday morning. The risk will be greatest across portions of
northeast SC into eastern GA during Monday/Monday night. The risk will diminish some during Tuesday morning, but the area will primarily shift into southeastern and eastern NC. Tropical
cyclone tornadoes are often fast moving and develop quickly.
Coastal Flood Threat
Onshore winds with high pressure to the north and Irma moving northward across western FL will push water into our coast resulting in some coastal flooding with each high tide.
Coastal inundation of 1-3 feet is possible, especially with each high tide during Mon when the onshore winds will be strongest. Coastal flooding is likely to cause impacts at vulnerable low-lying areas of downtown Wilmington as well. The increase in water levels & large waves will create beach erosion & the inundation of low-lying & vulnerable locations along the coast. In some areas the beach infrastructure has not yet fully recovered from Hurricane Matthew’s surge last year. Some coastal flooding is also likely at downtown Wilmington near the river.
For the lastest from the National Weather Service, visit this link:
Freeman Park in Carolina Beach is closed due to overwash all the way up to the dunes. Access will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago.
There is a fee charged for vehicle access to drive on the beach front within the park. There is a separate fee for camping during the summer months.