Tropical Storm Watch has been continued on Thursday, September 29 by NWS Charleston. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm-force winds are possible somewhere within this area within the next 24 hours.

At 11 AM on Thursday, September 29, tropical storm Ian is moving into the Atlantic and according to the NWS is likely to strengthen to a minimal hurricane before making landfall in South Carolina Friday.

Bulloch County can still expect the possibility of Tropical Storm force wind gusts tonight and into Friday.  Rain is expected in the range of 1-3 inches. 

Tropical Storm Watch

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

  • Statesboro
  • Portal
  • Denmark

* WIND

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 15-25 mph with gusts to 55 mph

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39 to 57 mph

– The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force.

– PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for limited wind damage.

– ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.

– Large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted.

– Some roads impassable due to debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded locations. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways, especially for high profile vehicles.

– Isolated to scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
– Peak Rainfall Amounts: 2-4 inches, with locally higher amounts

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain

– The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible.

– PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

– ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Moderate rainfall flooding could prompt some rescues.

– Rivers and tributaries could quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in normally vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches overflow.

– Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places could experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.

Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

* TORNADO

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

– Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Tornadoes not expected

– The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds may still occur.

– PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest tornado situation.

– ACT: Listen for changes in the forecast.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

– Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

NHC Live Updates

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Ian Closing
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