Hurricane season is upon us, and we at Disaster Plus want to make sure that you and your property are well prepared for the heavy rains and winds that are about to ensue. Tonight, Florida may be experiencing it’s first hurricane landfall in 11 years tonight in the form of Hurricane Hermine.
Hurricane warnings continue for a good portion of north Florida, extending inland to include the city of Tallahassee. This means hurricane-force winds (at least 74 mph) are expected for a period of time in the warned area.
According to Weather Undergrounds Dr. Jeff Masters, this is the first hurricane warning issued for any part of Florida since Hurricane Isaac four years ago.
In Charleston, we can expect heavy rainfall, and thus flooding in some areas, as a result of Hurricane Hermine. The threat of heavy rainfall is not a function of tropical cyclone intensity, but rather the system’s slow movement and availability of deep, tropical moisture, as we saw with an unnamed system earlier this month, triggering Louisiana’s historical flooding.
Fortunately, Hermine will now accelerate to the northeast. That faster forward motion will mitigate the heavy rain threat somewhat. However, this system will have a deep fetch of tropical moisture along its eastern and southern flanks. Therefore, bands of heavy rain could train along and south of its path over the Florida peninsula possibly into Friday.
Then, a bout of heavy rain should also push northeast into southern Georgia and the eastern Carolinas Thursday through at least early Saturday.
The heaviest additional rainfall from this system appears to line up over parts of north Florida and southwest Georgia where many locations look primed to pick up 5 to 10 inches of total rainfall, with isolated amounts of 15 to 20 inches possible. A broad swath of 4 to 8 inches of rain looks likely in the eastern Carolinas.
Please take a look at our Hurricane Preparedness Tips below, to begin preparing your property now for the rains this weekend. And if your home or property should fall victim to water damage or flooding, don’t fuss and don’t cuss, call Disaster Plus at 724-7274. 30 years in business, we are the disaster clean up company you can trust to extract any unwanted water fast, while making your home is dried out in the most professional and efficient manner.