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Charlie’s First Alert Forecast: Storms expected as Claudette approaches

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the East
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 9:05 PM EDT|Updated: 2 hours ago
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Forecast Discussion: The area of high pressure that kept us sunny on Saturday will continue its trek eastward. With it pulling away from the East, we’ll see a better chance of showers and storms, especially with the approach of Claudette. Isolated early rain drops will become more common and intense as we head into Sunday afternoon and night. The severe weather risk will be low for these storms, but depending on the track Claudette takes, we could not only see severe thunderstorms, but a chance of a few isolated tornadoes as well. Highs on Sunday will reach the mid 80s with rain chances increasing through the day.

The full brunt of Claudette will be felt early Monday morning (12 a.m. to 8 a.m.), which is why Monday is a First Alert Weather Day. Flash flooding will be the main threat with 1 to 4 inches of rain possible. River levels are all below action stage, however our soil is highly saturated after a soggy start to June. As Claudette pulls away from the East in the afternoon, it is expected to intensify back into a tropical storm leading to hazardous beach conditions. Highs will again hit the mid 80s on Monday with high humidity hanging around as well. A flash flood watch will remain in effect until Monday at noon for most of the East.

A strong cold front will follow Claudette on Tuesday, and with more rain accompanying the front, a First Alert Weather Day has been extended to Tuesday as well. A threat of severe weather will be present on Tuesday as the front arrives, but again, the biggest threat will be the incoming rain. Flash flooding will be a concern with any downpours and storms that develop. Once the front clears the coast (late Tuesday night), our forecast turns calm and dry again.

Sunday

Partly sunny with 60% chance of an afternoon storms. Warm and humid with a high of 85° and heat indices again in the 90s. Wind: SW15 G25

Monday

Scattered storms and windy. Highs near 85°. Rain chance 70%. Winds: SW20 G25.

Tuesday

Partly sunny morning turning stormy in the afternoon. Highs near 87°. Rain chance: 60%.