Florence – All Eyes on the East Coast
All the stars are lining up to bring Hurricane Florence onto the East Coast (especially the Mid Atlantic) by the end of this week and into the weekend. While there may be some small north-south variations in the track between now and landfall, confidence is high that Hurricane Florence will be a dangerous/damaging storm.
There is very good agreement between the computer models as you can see in the graphic below. A major change in course to keep Florence out to sea is not likely. Only two scenarios curve Florence back to northeast.
In addition to the normal hurricane threats of strong winds, a storm surge and tornadoes, the is a very high risk of very heavy rains and flooding. Flooding could be a major factor in the Mid Atlantic states late this week and weekend. Some modeling shows the potential of 2 to 3 feet of rain!
Beef producers from Virginia, West Virginia to the Carolinas as well as the eastern portions of Kentucky and Tennessee should get ready for hazardous impacts from Florence.