Carolinas weather: High winds, heavy rain from the storm


A weather disturbances in the Caribbean Sea could bring “high winds, heavy rain, choppy waves and beach erosion” to much of the southeast coast of the United States next week, National Hurricane Center officials warned on Saturday.

“The system is initially expected to be very large and disorganized,” according to an 8 a.m. National Hurricane Center bulletin. “However, it may begin to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics, and a subtropical or tropical depression may form during early to mid part of next week.

Coastal areas should expect high winds, rain and waves even if the disturbance does not develop into a tropical or subtropical storm, National Hurricane Center officials said in the bulletin.

“While it is too early to determine the timing, scale and location of specific impacts, interests along the southeast coast of the United States, the east coast of Florida and the Bahamas should monitor the progress of this system,” according to the 8 a.m. alert.

Rains from the system could arrive on the coast and even as far west as the Charlotte area as early as Thursday, meteorologist Andrew Kimball of the National Weather Service office in Greer, South Carolina, told the Charlotte Observer Saturday morning.

Other weather models point to Friday as the arrival day, he said.

What is certain, he said, is that the Carolinas will see some rain from the system, with the heaviest bands forecast on the coast.

In the Triangle, the NWS forecast calls for sunny and warm conditions – with high temperatures nearing 80C – through Tuesday before temperatures return to normal on Wednesday. The first real chance of rain in the Triangle is Thursday, according to the NWS.

But much of eastern North Carolina should expect “strong onshore winds … with minor to moderate marine hazards and coastal impacts” when the storm front arrives, National Weather meteorologists said. Service on Twitter Saturday morning.

Tidal flooding is a major concern from the storm, South Carolina National Bureau of Climatology said in a Friday bulletin, “whether or not we are dealing with a tropical storm or a non-tropical gale center moving to or near our southeast.”

Charlotte, Rock Hill forecast

After a 40% chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday, Charlotte should also remain mostly sunny until Caribbean storm clouds are expected in the area Wednesday evening, according to the NWS forecast.

Like Raleigh, Charlotte has a 30% chance of showers during the day Thursday, with the chance increasing to 40% Thursday evening and all day Friday, according to the forecast.

Highs in Charlotte are expected to rebound throughout the week from 79 on Saturday, 76 on Sunday and 79 on Monday to 69 on Tuesday, 63 on Wednesday, 66 on Thursday and 70 on Friday, according to the NWS forecast.

Rock Hill has a 40% chance of showers Thursday and Friday, with forecast highs of 66 and 72 respectively, NWS meteorologists said.

This is a developing story.

This story was originally published November 5, 2022 10:25 a.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.


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