Florence to move over York County late Monday
Amy Powell Johnson shares this video with USA TODAY Network of her garage floor, or what's left of it, after the Pungo River, Tooleys Creek, and the Atlantic Ocean pour through her street in Belhaven, NC. York Dispatch
Florence's slow movement is bad news for the Carolinas, but it's better news for Pennsylvania, said John Banghoff, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College.
The storm, downgraded to a tropical depression, is dumping "buckets of rain" on South Carolina, Banghoff said Sunday, Sept. 16. A tropical depression is a low-pressure system with circular wind speeds of less than 39 mph.
"We’ve dodged a bullet here," Banghoff said. "North and South Carolina ended up getting just obliterated the past couple of days."
Banghoff said Florence will continue to move north-northwest into Tennessee and Kentucky before turning to the northeast on Monday and moving along the Appalachian Mountains, skirting Ohio and West Virginia.
Rain will arrive in York County late Monday and continue overnight into Tuesday, Banghoff said. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely, and up to 4 inches are possible in some isolated areas, he said.
"Even though we’ve pulled back on our rainfall totals, that doesn’t mean the risks are still not present with heavy rainfall," he said.
Other forecasters have more conservative expectations.
Brett Rossio, meteorologist with AccuWeather State College, said York County can expect between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain, with a few areas possibly getting more than 1 inch.
"The big slug of moisture is probably going to be in northern Pennsylvania and New York and then stretching into New England," Rossio said.
After Florence moves past Pennsylvania, the humidity will drop and the weather will feel much nicer on Wednesday, Rossio said, before humidity climbs again on Thursday.
York County spokesman Mark Walters said on Sunday, Sept. 16, that the county doesn't plan to activate its emergency operations center.