Chuck Lanza's Tropical Cyclone Briefing Page

May 29, 2016: 0800

Tropical Storm Bonnie

Briefing #6

For all of us in South Florida, Bonnie has never been a threat.  The last several briefings helped to work out bugs in my briefing development process.  I appreciate your understanding and staying with me on the list.  This will be the last briefing for this storm.  Within a few days I will send out a survey for your input on how to improve the content and timeliness of the briefing.  Thank you.  Chuck

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Based on NHC Advisory #7
Tropical Storm Bonnie has weakened over the evening with sustained winds near 40 MPH.  The storms is moving north and is expected to move near the coast in the warning area later today. By tonight, Bonnie is expected to begin a more northeast track.  Tropical Storm force winds extend outward 45 miles mostly to the northwest of the center.  


Bonnie is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches from central and eastern South Carolina to the Georgia border, and 1 to 3 inches farther north across southeastern North Carolina. Heavy rain is expected to develop well north of Bonnie's main circulation into parts of the Mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast with total accumulations of 1 to 2 inches through Monday and isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches.



Wind gusts to near tropical-storm force are possible along the south-central coast of South Carolina today.



Storm surge inundation of 1 to 2 feet above ground level is possible along portions of the south-central coast of South Carolina today.



Bonnie is expected to produce dangerous surf and rip current conditions along portions of the southeastern United States coast through the weekend. Please consult products from your local weather office.

My Thoughts

Although the storm may not have reached its maximum potential, the threats related and listed above are certainly possible and precautions must be taken. Localized flooding is a certainty. Residents need to avoid  areas where they cannot see the roadways and other indicators to keep from straying into other hazards.  Downed power lines are always a threat especially when coupled with standing water.  Stay out of the water.   

Protective Action Recommendations

Preparedness activities should have been completed. People living in areas that flood during rain storms should take actions to lessen the damage caused by flooding.  Areas outside, but close to the current track, should assume rainfall will increase and be aware of the consequences of not taking protective actions.  Coastal residents should be aware  of the threats and should follow orders from local officials.  

Chuck Lanza

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