This morning's update from the National Weather Service has shifted Elsa's track slightly inland, and also provided more specifics in regards to timing and potential impacts. Forecasted conditions for Beaufort County are as follows:
Rain will begin to move into the area between 8am and 10am tomorrow morning, and continue through sunrise Friday. The heaviest rains are expected to occur between 2–10 pm. 1 1/2"–3" of rain is forecasted for Beaufort County, with areas west of Blounts Creek and Bath receiving 2"–3", and areas east receiving 1 1/2"–2". Heavy downpours capable of causing localized flash flooding are possible anytime Thursday.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Beaufort County, meaning Tropical Storm Force winds (39–73 mph) are possible within the next 48 hrs. South winds will begin to increase after sunrise on Thursday, becoming sustained between 15 and 20 mph by mid-afternoon. (2–4pm). These elevated sustained winds will transition to the southwest and are forecasted to last 6 to 8 hours before diminishing between 10pm and midnight for most areas of our county. Wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible during this same time period. Areas along our county's shorelines and inland areas west of Hwy 17 have the greatest chance of experiencing higher sustained winds and more frequent / intense wind gusts.
Severe Thunderstorms / Tornados
Severe thunderstorms and / or isolated tornados are possible throughout the day on Thursday. However, the potential for these impacts appear to be highest between 2–10pm.
Elsa is NOT
expected to cause any significant storm surge to Beaufort County. However, minor inundation is possible for low lying areas susceptible to southern winds and / or flash flooding.
- Chris Newkirk
- Deputy Director
- Beaufort County Emergency Services
- 1420 Highland Dr
- Washington, N.C. 27889
- Office: (252) 940-6511
- Cell: (252) 378-5352