A Sandy Saturday means a wet and windy Saturday
Persons in the warning are urged to finish securing objects around
the house including lawn furniture... trash cans... and other loose
objects. Take down any poorly anchored tents or awnings. Newly
planted or Young trees and shrubs may be uprooted if not secured
properly. Preparations should be finalized as soon as possible.
as Sandy approaches... sustained tropical storm force winds are
expected to arrive during the mid to late afternoon and will
persist through Sunday morning for northeast coastal South
Carolina and Sunday afternoon for coastal southeast North
Carolina. Maximum winds are forecast to be in the 30 to 40 mph
range with gusts to 55 mph.
... Storm surge and storm tide...
at this time moderate coastal flooding is expected along the
beaches from near Wrightsville Beach southward to Bald Head
Island in North Carolina and from Garden City southward to
Georgetown South Carolina. Extensive beach erosion is expected
along all east facing beaches. The current forecast is for 2 to
4 feet of surge inundation above ground level... especially at
times of high tide early this morning... this evening... and the
high tide early Sunday morning.
Specifically... at Carolina Beach... street flooding could occur
along canal drive... possibly the parking lot at Carolina Beach
State Park... the south end of Kure Beach... Bald Head Island... and
other low-lying locations generally from Wrightsville Beach
southward to Fort Fisher. Street flooding is also possible in
Garden City Beach... Myrtle Avenue and Springs Avenue area in
Pawleys Island... and low lying locations around Winyah Bay near
the city of Georgetown.
Moderate to major beach erosion is also possible in these
locations from significant wave action along the shoreline.
... Inland flooding...
one to three inches of rain is possible with isolated higher
amounts. The highest amounts are expected across coastal
southeast North Carolina. Rain will increase in coverage during
the day today and continue tonight. Conditions will start slowly
improve late Sunday. Isolated areas of flooding are possible...
especially along the coast.
... Coastal hazards...
a high rip current risk is in effect for all area beaches.
Breakers are expected to build up to 10 to 12 feet.
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