Metro Atlanta isn’t expected to see any rain from what’s left of Hurricane Florence until Sunday night, according to projections by Channel 2 Action News.
Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
There’s a 40 percent chance of rain developing locally late in the day Sunday, and storms should continue into Monday, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. Most of metro Atlanta should see less than an inch of rain.
Those planning to attend Music Midtown this weekend will likely need to plan more around 90-plus degree heat rather than rain, Channel 2 reported. Rain clouds could loom when Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar take the stage in the 8 p.m. hour Sunday, but the day should be mostly dry.
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Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., outside Wilmington at 7:15 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.
“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday,” the Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. “Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.”
Federal Emergency Management Agency workers coordinate Hurricane Florence response from their office in Atlanta. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
If it does reach Georgia, it likely won’t be until Sunday. By then, it could be a tropical depression or area of low pressure.
“We are not expecting any major impacts,” Walls said. “As a matter of fact, as we continue to get in new data, it really looks like the bulk of the wind, the bulk of the rainfall will be staying well to our north and east.”
Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for all 159 Georgia counties ahead of the storm.
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The brunt of Florence’s impact should be felt in the northeast corner of the state, and it won’t be much. A couple of inches of rain are possible, according to Channel 2. The mountains could see six inches of rain and minor flooding.
“In terms of accumulation, we’re on the light side, especially compared to our friends in the two Carolinas into the two Virginias dealing with some extreme rainfall for the next couple of days,” Walls said.
Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said he doesn’t anticipate power outages will be a problem.
“If it takes this track, our local impacts will be significantly less than what we felt a year ago when Irma, as a tropical storm, came through,” he said.
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