WWN is closely monitoring 3 systems – Florence, Isaac, and Invest 95L.
Prior to or shortly after landfall, Florence is forecast to slow in forward speed and all but stall, reminiscent of Hurricane Harvey of last year. This stalling will bring a double whammy…extended time with hurricane & tropical force winds and torrential rainfall.
Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches with isolated maximum amounts to 30 inches near the storm’s track over portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic States from late this week into early next week. This rainfall could produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.
The Hurricane Watch Net will active, as planned, on Thursday, September 13 at 07:00 AM EDT – 1100 UTC. We will be in continuous operation on 14.325.00 MHz (as long as propagation allows) AND 7.268 MHz. 20-meter propagation is lousy and is all but non-existent. Once activated, the Net will remain in operation until no longer needed.
As with any net activation, we request observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (Wind Speed, Wind Gust, Wind Direction, Barometric Pressure – if available, Rainfall, Damage, and Storm Surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but we do accept estimated.
We are also available to provide backup communications to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers, storm shelters, and Red Cross officials in the affected area. We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.
As with any Net activation, the Hurricane Watch Net thanks all who normally use 14.325 MHz and 7.268 Mhz for their daily nets and ragchews. Having a clear frequency helps our mission and I know those I the Affected Area greatly appreciate it as well!
As always, we are praying and hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.
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