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Wilson could see only slight effects from Tropical Storm Florence if the storm brushes North Carolina's Outer Banks as a 90 mph hurricane, Albert Thomas Jr. says in this weekend's Weathercast brought to you by ENCWheels.com, citing forecast models that are subject to change.
Some Friday projections showed Florence making landfall over the Outer Banks early Thursday and turning north, then coming ashore around Chesapeake, Virginia, as a strong tropical storm. That scenario would result in rain showers and 20 mph winds with gusts of up to 30 mph in Wilson.
Thomas notes that hurricane tracks often shift and Florence's path is far from set in stone. With greater confidence come predictions that this weekend will see slightly lower high temperatures and an increased chance of rain due to a cold front sweeping eastern North Carolina on Saturday.
The pattern should break a long run of daytime highs around the 90-degree mark, with the mercury holding steady in the 86-88 range. Shower and thunderstorm chances are 50 percent during the day Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
ABOUT THE WEATHERCAST
Albert Thomas Jr., a Wilson attorney and retired judge, will weigh in on Wilson's weather conditions each Tuesday and Saturday. Thomas is a forecast aficionado who recalls Wilson community weatherman Joe Overman's broadcasts on WVOT radio.
Visit WilsonTimes.com each Tuesday for a look at workweek weather highlights and get Wilson County's weekend forecast each Saturday morning.