Stop Driving Through Floods, You Idiots

Dennis Mersereau · 10/05/15 02:15PM

When it became clear last week that the looming weather catastrophe wouldn’t be remembered for Hurricane Joaquin, but rather the historic flooding in the Carolinas, I knew that the internet would be plastered with videos of idiots driving through floods come Monday. Idiots came through. Don’t drive through a flood, you idiots.

Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

Dennis Mersereau · 10/04/15 02:20PM

An intense and historic flood disaster—unrelated to Hurricane Joaquin, but influenced by it—continues to unfold across the Carolinas this afternoon, with South Carolina taking the brunt of the tropical deluge. Some communities near Charleston have recorded more than two feet of rain in the past three days.

Joaquin Heading Out to Sea, But Extreme Rainfall and Major Coastal Flooding Still Likely

Dennis Mersereau · 10/02/15 02:59PM

Good news! We’re pretty sure that Hurricane Joaquin is going to head out to sea, with the chance of landfall on the United States fairly low at this point. The bad news is that there will still be more than a foot of rain in parts of the Carolinas, and stiff onshore winds and high waves will create coastal flooding in the Mid-Atlantic much like a storm surge would.

More Than a Foot of Rain Is Possible on the East Coast With or Without Hurricane Joaquin

Dennis Mersereau · 10/01/15 02:24PM

While we’ve stressed over the eventual track of powerful Hurricane Joaquin over the next few days, a concerning number of people may not be aware that a significant—potentially devastating—flash flood event will take place with or without the hurricane coming close to land. Many spots could see more than a foot of rain this weekend.

Last Night's Destructive Tornado in S.C. Is the Best Argument for Getting a Weather Radio

Dennis Mersereau · 09/25/15 03:12PM

Last night, a destructive tornado tore through a community near Charleston, S.C., destroying homes and lofting debris tens of thousands of feet into the air. Tornadoes were not in the forecast last night—this happened largely by surprise. Owning a weather radio is your best defense against unexpected natural disasters like this.

Dreary Coastal Storm to Drench Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic Through This Weekend

Dennis Mersereau · 09/24/15 03:49PM

All eyes gazed toward the Atlantic as brilliant white clouds billowed skyward, signaling the arrival of the long-awaited newcomer. The crowds rejoiced, and a voice shouted down: “Habemus precip!” And so it was. Rain in the southeast is a religious experience these days, and there’s going to be a lot of it hanging around through the weekend.

Woman Struck by Lightning While Getting Off Flight Diverted by Storms

Dennis Mersereau · 06/29/15 01:03PM

A Charlotte-bound flight was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday evening due to strong storms over the Queen City. As if landing in South Carolina against your will isn’t bad enough, a storm developed over Columbia and zapped a passenger as she got off the U.S. Airways Express flight.

Heat Wave to Bake Southeastern U.S. Through Beginning of Next Week, Ugh

Dennis Mersereau · 06/11/15 05:15PM

Once upon a time, it used to get uncomfortably hot in June. Remember those days? It was just a few years ago, but after last year’s cakewalk they called “summer”, this year’s heat is going to seem downright brutal and unforgiving. A heat wave is cranking up in the southeast right now, and it’s going to get ugly.

An Ice Storm Is Likely in North Carolina and Virginia Tonight

Dennis Mersereau · 01/13/15 03:45PM

A disruptive ice storm is likely going to unfold across parts of North Carolina and Virginia tonight as a fast-moving disturbance skirts the coast and drops freezing rain. The system threatens to produce significant accretions of ice along I-95 from Florence, S.C. to Richmond, Virginia, making travel impossible at times.

Tornadoes Possible in the Carolinas This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 10/14/14 01:35PM

A tornado watch is in effect for some major cities in the southeastern United States this afternoon, including the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, as well as Charlotte, Greenville, Columbia, and Asheville. Any storms that form in the watch area are capable of producing tornadoes.

Ferguson Is Under an Excessive Heat Warning This Week

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 11:38AM

In addition to the excessive heat brought into Ferguson by the authorities, Mother Nature is bringing some of her own. A dangerous combination of heat and humidity prompted forecasters to issue an Excessive Heat Warning until Sunday for the St. Louis area, including Ferguson.

What to Expect as 90 MPH Hurricane Arthur Batters the Carolinas

Dennis Mersereau · 07/03/14 01:14PM

Hurricane Arthur is creeping closer to the North Carolina coast at this hour, with winds of more than 90 MPH hanging just a few dozen miles offshore. The system is expected to strengthen to category 2 status with 105 MPH winds over the next day as it pounds the Outer Banks.

Arthur Strengthens Further, N.C. Coast Now Under a Hurricane Warning

Dennis Mersereau · 07/02/14 04:20PM

Tropical Storm Arthur is on the verge of becoming a hurricane at this hour, with winds of 70 MPH. Hurricane warnings are now in effect for coastal North Carolina from Surf City, N.C. northward to Duck, N.C. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal areas from South Santee River, S.C. to Surf City, N.C. and from Duck, N.C. to Cape Charles Light, Virginia.