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Post-Tropical Depression Sally Starting To Accelerate But Still Producing Heavy Rainfall Over Eastern North Carolina And Southeast Virginia

Post-Tropical Cyclone

Tropics Forecast Cone at 9:49 Thursday Evening, September 17th
Tropics Forecast Cone at 9:49 Thursday Evening, September 17th

Location 30 miles NE of Columbia South Carolina
Wind 25 mph
Heading NE at 15 mph
Pressure 29.65
Coordinates 80.7W, 34.3N

Discussion

At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sally was located near latitude 34.3 North, longitude 80.7 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the northeast near 15 mph (24 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue tonight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 25 mph (35 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 12 hours. The stronger winds are primarily located along and offshore the South and North Carolina coasts.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

Tropics Satellite at 9:49 Thursday Evening, September 17th
Tropics Satellite at 9:49 Thursday Evening, September 17th

Watches and Warnings

Flood and Flash Flood Watches are in effect across portions of South Carolina, North Carolina, and southeast Virginia.

Tropics Models at 2:11 Friday Night, September 18th
Tropics Models at 2:11 Friday Night, September 18th

Land Hazards

RAINFALL/FLOODING: Sally is expected to produce an additional 1 to 4 inches of rainfall across portions of eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Scattered flash flooding and minor to isolated moderate river flooding is likely.

TORNADOES: A tornado or two may occur across eastern North Carolina tonight.