FIRST ALERT: Zeta impacts the Carolinas Thursday

FIRST ALERT: Zeta impacts the Carolinas Thursday
Zeta is nearly a category 3 hurricane and will make landfall Wednesday evening. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - After moving onshore along the Louisiana coast, the remnants of Zeta will quickly push into the western Carolinas on Thursday.

Zeta will come ashore along the Louisiana coastline as a category 2 hurricane this evening and likely pass near or directly over New Orleans. After making landfall, the hurricane will weaken, but will move very rapidly. By Thursday morning, the the remnants of Zeta will be passing out of northern Georgia and into the western Carolinas. Because of the very fast forward speed, tropical storm warnings are now in effect for areas of western North and South Carolina. In those areas, strong winds and heavy rain are likely.

Zeta will deliver heavy rain and strong winds to the western Carolinas.
Zeta will deliver heavy rain and strong winds to the western Carolinas. (Source: WMBF)

Locally, our weather will remain quiet through tonight with mild temperatures dropping to only around 70.

As the remnants of Zeta pass well to our west on Thursday, warm and humid weather will move into the region with gusty winds. Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s.

Gusty winds will develop on Thursday with the strongest winds across the Pee Dee.
Gusty winds will develop on Thursday with the strongest winds across the Pee Dee. (Source: WMBF)

Winds will increase during the morning with gusts of 30-35 mph near the coast. Inland areas especially west and north of I-95 will see higher winds that may gust as high as 40 to 45 mph. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Darlington, Marlboro, Dillon and Robeson Counties.

The remnants of Zeta will move through the western Carolinas on Thursday.
The remnants of Zeta will move through the western Carolinas on Thursday. (Source: WMBF)

Most of the heavy rain will fall across the western Carolinas where several inches of rain are possible. Locally, only a few showers and an isolated thunderstorm are possible with rain chances through Thursday at only 30%. While showers and storms will be very isolated, enough wind energy will be present in the atmosphere for a very small risk of a brief spin up tornado. However, the risk of isolated tornadoes is considerably less than what the region has seen recently from the remnants of Sally, Beta and Delta.

The best chance of a strong storm remains to the north and northwest but we cannot rule out a strong storm here.
The best chance of a strong storm remains to the north and northwest but we cannot rule out a strong storm here. (Source: WMBF)

Much drier weather will return to the area on Friday with sunny skies and temperatures near 70. The dryer weather will be followed by much cooler weather for the weekend with Saturday afternoon temperatures only reach the 60s.

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