Friday, February 3, 2023

Wilmington not in Irma’s path, but flooding and hazardous weather still possible

Hazardous weather conditions are expected in the Cape Fear region until Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/MIKE KANE)
Hazardous weather conditions are expected in the Cape Fear region until Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/MIKE KANE)

WILMINGTON — Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the United States and while the path of the storm has taken a westerly turn avoiding a direct hit in the Cape Fear Region, there are still potentially dangerous weather conditions to keep an eye on.

The National Weather Service has issued inland New Hanover County a wind advisory until 2 a.m. Tuesday, and a coastal flood advisory from noon until 4 p.m. Monday.

According to the National Weather Service’s website, “Showers and thunderstorms could produce isolated tornadoes this evening and tonight … strong onshore winds between Hurricane Irma and a large area of high pressure to our north will bring a variety of weather impacts to the area.”

With today’s hightide, Downtown Wilmington can expect to see tidal flooding. Water levels at the downtown gauge are projected to reach 6 feet above the mean lower low water, about one-half a foot above flood stage; high tide will occur around 2 p.m. The water is expected to reach portions of Water Street, the Battleship’s parking lot, and portions of Battleship Drive.

The wind advisory is expecting 20-30 mile per hour sustained winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The strongest winds are expected late this morning through tonight. Weak trees as well as tree limbs are at risk of being blown over and isolates power outages are possible.

Brunswick County as well as Pender County also have wind advisories and hazardous weather outlooks according to the National Weather Service.


Michael Praats can be reached at Michael.p@localvoicemedia.com

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