Elsa Bringing Rain and Storms to the Region

AM Headlines:
  • Elsa will remain a TS along the east coast
  • Tornado watches in place for parts of SC
  • Heavy rain still possible with 1-3″ east of I-77
  • Gusts 20-30 MPH possible
  • Stanly, Richmond and Anson counties under a Flash Flood Watch until 6pm
Timing:
  • 7am – 2pm heaviest rain and storms
    • 1-3″ likely east of I-77
  • 8am – 11am strongest wind gusts
    • 20-30 mph gusts
  • 6am-10am isolated tornado threat greatest
Discussion:
Elsa is bringing heavy rain and storms to SC this morning. The center of the storm will pass through Union County by mid-morning. It is forecast to remain a tropical storm, and actually intensify as it moves up the east coast into the mid-Atlantic. Our concern remains the same that heavy rain could lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding guidance keeps 2.5-3″ over 3 hours would lead to flash flooding for the CLT metro area. Still anticipating 1-3″ of rainfall for the region east of I-77. Winds will gust 20-30 mph this morning. Tornado chances, as with any tropical system will be the best east of the center of the storm. However, there is still a chance for an isolated tornado through 10 am. Rain and storms will wrap up by mid-afternoon. We’ll get the chance to dry out briefly Friday morning before a cold front brings more rain and storms to the area Friday evening. The typical summertime pattern returns this weekend with afternoon scattered storms and hot days with temps in the low 90s.