Drones are helpful for many things, especially surveying the scope of damage from major natural disasters. Check out this drone video from Facebook showing unbelievable damage around the Columbia, SC area after a ‘1000 year flood’ impacted the area. Sadly as of 6pm on October 6th, 2015 17 people have been killed from this historic flood. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed and over 300 roads have been destroyed by floodwaters in South Carolina. Prayers go out to all those who are dealing with the aftermath of the historic Flood.
Here is the official storm rainfall report from the National Weather Service from this flooding event.
TornadoTitans Contribiuted to this report
Just as quickly as we saw Hurricane Danny grow and become the season’s first major hurricane within 48 hours it had faded and was torn apart my the strong wind shear that has been over the Caribbean Sea. Last night Tropical Storm Erika was named and she seems to have a more northwestward track then her short lived predecessor Danny did. Erika is expected to slowly strengthen as it heads towards the northern Leeward Islands and then up towards the southern Bahamas perhaps as the second hurricane of the season. Then is appears to be heading towards the East Coast after that. Once again, it is still to far to tell how long Erika will live and/or if she will gain hurricane status at all. The environment north of the Caribbean sea is less hostile so we will have to keep a close watch on Erika. Here is the latest official forecast track for Erika.
As of 11AM EDT The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Danny to a hurricane, making it the first of the 2015 Atlantic season. Hurricane Danny is packing winds of 75mph. It’s forward speed has also taken a shift to WNW at 12mph. Danny is currently forecast to remain on this WNW track for the next few days as it approaches the northern Leeward Islands and the Puerto Rico region after that. Its interaction with land will likely weaken it some but it is still too far out to know how much of an interaction danny will have with any mountainous land masses such as Puerto Rico. The entire Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard need to continue to monitor Danny closely over the weekend. It is still to far out to say if Danny will have any impact on the lower 48. I will continue to keep you informed of it’s progress these next several days. Now is the time to get your hurricane preparedness plans in place so you know what to do should Danny approach your area. Below is the latest official forecast track and discussion from The National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Danny.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of the eye of Hurricane Danny
was located by satellite near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 44.8
West. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19
km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next
couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h)
with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast during
the next 48 hours.
Danny is a small tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds only
extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and
tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.30 inches).