As Hurricane Florence clobbers the Carolinas, it’s forecast to bring rain and some flooding risks to Maryland on Friday and Saturday. But Gov. Larry Hogan said he wouldn’t cancel a statewide emergency declaration as the threat of Florence’s remnants looms.
Hurricane Florence is forecast to batter the Carolina coasts Friday and Saturday and dump feet of rain, while Maryland looks to be spared of the catastrophic flooding that appeared possible in recent days.
As inevitable as a Hurricane Florence landfall in the Carolinas appears, the storm's meandering path beyond that — and the foot or two of rain it could dump — remained uncertain as preparations and evacuations continued Tuesday.
Hurricane Florence is threatening to strike the East Coast as a Category 5 hurricane, prompting calls for evacuation in the Carolinas and an emergency declaration in Maryland ahead of potentially "historic" flooding.
The updates will come like a drumbeat every three hours this week. Where is Hurricane Florence, where is it going, and how strong will it be? The National Hurricane Center processes countless data points and dozens of supercomputer forecast models to answer those questions.
Tropical cyclone Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is expected to strengthen again before possibly brushing or striking the East Coast. The threat of "direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased," the National Weather Service says.
“It is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on our region next week, but at this point nothing can be ruled out,” meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office wrote Thursday.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm, but continues to move up the Atlantic coast Friday, and is expected to bring rain to Central Maryland Saturday evening through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
It's been a rain-soaked week in Carroll County, with some areas experiencing flooding Tuesday and Wednesday and more rain expected Friday and Saturday — and all that was before a Hurricane came knocking: Even as the path of category four strength cyclone Joaquin remains uncertain, state and local officials are preparing for the worst out of an abundance of caution.
There is one model that stands out from the rest in predicting Hurricane Joaquin will never turn toward U.S. coastline -- and it's the same one that for days called Superstorm Sandy's drive into the New Jersey shore.
With early forecasts suggesting Hurricane Joaquin will come charging up the Chesapeake Bay by Monday, officials are clearing storm drains, repeatedly consulting meteorologists and issuing calls to prepare for the worst of what is still a wide range of scenarios.