RALEIGH —Nine days after Hurricane Florence made landfall on North Carolina’s southeastern shore, some are looking at a slight chance that the storm could make a return to the Tar Heel State.
“It’s way to early to worry about anything at this point,” said CBS 17 Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. “The likelihood of the system reforming, turning around and becoming strong enough to impact North Carolina are very, very low.”
Most prognosticators are putting the chances at about 20 percent, which is a good enough chance to get the attention of those who are barely into the recovery efforts on the heels of Florence’s earlier visit.
“Don’t want to see it again,” said Johnson Locklear of Maxton. “She was bad enough the first time and, right now, we don’t need even a small shower to add to what we already have to deal with.”
The Lumber River, which crested earlier in the week at about 25 feet and caused massive flooding of residential areas and swamped Interstate 95, was expected to crest a second time on Sunday as flood waters from the region reach the river that cuts through Scotland and Robeson counties.
While there is only a 20 percent chance of the system redeveloping, that possibility shows the system — which is currently near Bermuda — few computer models loop the system around Bermuda toward the East Coast. Other models keep the system far out at sea.
Should the system redevelop, however, it would be called Kirk. After crawling out of North Carolina last weekend, the system moved north and combined with a cold front before moving out to sea.
Florence dropped more than 30 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, left more than 30 dead and hundreds of thousands without power.
The Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.