Friday, August 26, 2011
Charleston area waters rise near flood stages.
Hurricane Irene brough high winds and strong surfs to the Lowcountry Friday. High tide was expected around 7 p.m., and an hour or so before that, many low-lying areas were already reaching flood stages. More rain was expected Friday evening. Friday afternoon, the eye of the hurricane was 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The storm is expected to brush coastal North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday. A much-weakened Irene will hit New York City on Sunday, prompting the first evacuation there in recent history. Send your photos of Hurricane Irene's effects to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them here.
The current forecast for Hurricane Irene indicates the storm will not impact the Upstate.
The current storm track information from the National Hurricane Center indicates the Upstate will not be impacted by Hurricane Irene. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the South Carolina coast. Hurricane Irene is currently a Category 2 with a maximum sustained wind of 110 mph. The National Weather Service center in Greer expects the storm will make contact with the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina but strong winds and heavy rain are still expected along the South Carolina coast. "There is currently a tropical storm warning for areas from Charleston to Myrtle Beach," Meteorologist Chris Horne said. "I'm sure there's going to be some bouts of heavy rain and strong winds." Horne doesn't anticipate any severe weather for the …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Hurricane Irene could have the greatest impact on the South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines with minor impact on the Upstate.
As Hurricane Irene makes its way past the coast of Puerto Rico and towards the U.S. Virgin Islands the National Weather Service continues to track the storm closely but the impact here in the Upstate is expected to be minimal. "With each update it's tracking further and further east," said Terry Benthall, program manager of the National Weather Service's Greer Office. "Right now it looks like it could impact the South Carolina coast." Updated reports from the National Weather Service show the storm tracking 105 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 70 miles northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, as of 11 a.m. Monday. The latest predictions from the National Hurricane Center suggests Hurricane Irene could make landfall near …