Remnants of Florence could bring heavy rain to Delaware Tuesday
Florence weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over the Carolinas and gained speed as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
The remnants of Florence bring a chance for heavy rain, though how much and where remain a bit of a question mark.
National Weather Center Meteorologist Chad Shafer is tracking Florence’s movement.
“The track of the remnants of Florence is moving basically through the central Appalachians today (Monday) into Pennsylvania this (Monday) evening and it looks like the showers that are associated with it will be coming in late this (Monday) afternoon into tonight (Monday) and continue through tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Shafer.
Shafer says Delaware could see anywhere from a half-inch to three inches of rain from this system. Areas that normally see flooding during times of high tide, will definitely see some flooding associated with rain from the remnants of Florence.
Shafer adds there is a moderate risk for rip currents at area beaches through at least Tuesday. He says says waves will be 3 to 5 feet and beach-goers should exercise caution.
“Yea, there’s still a lot of risk of rip currents. So the formation of dangerous rip currents continues in association with this system. So that still remains a threat. The winds will be a little bit stronger over the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic coastal waters,” Shafer said.
Those conditions mean even the most experienced swimmers should probably stay out of the water, especially with many Delaware beaches having no lifeguard during the week now.
Several Delaware fire departments have deployed to North Carolina to support departments here that need additional resources. First State fire departments already in the Carolinas include the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder, the Felton Community Fire Company and the Cheswold Fire Company.