Monday, September 08, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna Recap

Photo from Emerald Isle Saturday morning after Hanna's landfall. Photo taken by News 14 Carolina viewer Richard Parrott.
Hanna is now in the history books for North Carolina leaving some inland flooding problems and a some downed trees and powerlines.
The storm's center came inland around 3:20am near the North Carolina/South Carolina border. While the storm's strongest winds were concentrated right around the center of the storm, Hanna's heaviest rains fell ahead and to the west of the storm. Flooding was reported around the Triangle and Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Radar estimated rainfall from the Raleigh NEXRAD Doppler radar. Image from the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh.
Radar estimated rainfall from the Wilmington NEXRAD Doppler radar. Image from the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

The two above images of Doppler radar estimated rainfall give a good idea for what locations saw the most rain. Here are some storm rainfall totals reported from around the region:

  • Southern Pines: 6.68"
  • Raeford: 6.29"
  • Fort Bragg: 6.19"
  • Laurinburg: 5.74"
  • Red Springs: 5.50"
  • Durham: 5.33"
  • Morrisville (RDU): 5.19"
  • Apex: 5.17"
  • Cary: 5.05"
  • Chapel Hill: 4.96"
  • Raleigh (NCSU): 4.77"
  • Fayetteville: 4.62"
  • Lumberton: 4.60"
  • Smithfield: 4.59"
  • Clayton: 4.55"
  • Whiteville: 4.30"
  • Goldboro: 3.80"
  • Elizabethtown: 3.30"
  • Louisburg: 3.27"
  • Wilson: 2.63"
  • Wilmington: 2.33"
  • Surf City: 2.17"
  • Leland: 1.87"
  • Wrightsville Beach: 1.74"
Flooding near Durham. Photo submitted by Wendell Hull.
Hummingbird fighting Hanna's rain and winds. Photo taken by Liz Trombley near Wade and Fayetteville in Cumberland County.
Hanna's winds also caused a few problems across the area as shown by these viewer photos:

Tree down in Parkton in Robeson County. Photo submitted by Maureen Harrison.

Tree down on Booker Creek Apartments near Chapel Hill. Photo from News 14 Carolina viewer.

Here's a look at some peak wind gusts from late Friday night and early Saturday morning:
  • Wrightsville Beach: 72mph
  • Wilmington: 54mph
  • Goldsboro: 52mph
  • Pope Air Force Base: 45mph
  • Lumberton: 45mph
  • Fort Bragg: 44mph
  • Chapel Hill: 43mph
  • Fayetteville: 40mph
  • Laurinburg: 40mph
  • Southern Pines: 26mph

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