Please find our latest video briefing on the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence within our county warning area at the link below. Florence is a dangerous Category 2 hurricane this morning, and is still poised to approach the coast of southeast NC tonight and early Friday morning. Beyond that there is still a good degree of uncertainty as to where the remains slowly drift and when a turn back toward the northwest once well inland begins to take place. There is still the good potential for extreme rainfall in parts of the western NC and even SW VA, but this would likely not begin until late Saturday at the earliest and more likely on Sunday for most locations, with impacts possible lasting well into next week. We continue to urge everyone to continue to prepare for the potential for extreme flooding, and especially from the foothills westward, as well as the potential for major river flooding in all locations.
Details can be found in the briefing here:
Please be aware that it may take a few minutes after initial posting for the video to render and to display in more detail.
We plan to provide daily video briefings until further notice as well as additional email updates if significant changes to the forecast occur. In the meantime, please continue to frequently monitor the latest from our web page, the National Hurricane Center, and the Weather Prediction Center for the latest updates on this potentially life-threatening situation.
www.weather.gov/blacksburg<http://www.weather.gov/blacksburg> (including our new tropical link in the lower right, and the Rivers and Lakes menu)
Science and Operations Officer