Hurricane Florence

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Florence Update from NBAA Air Traffic Services

Updated Sept. 14, 2018, 0900 EDT

According to the National Hurricane Center’s Advisory #60A, issued at 1200z:

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence was located by NOAA Doppler weather radars and surface observations to be just inland near latitude 34.1 North, longitude 77.9 West. Florence is moving toward the west near 6 mph (9 km/h). A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected today through Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). A wind gust to 105 mph (169 km/h) recently occurred at the Wilmington Airport, an Amateur Radio operator in Kirkland recently reported a wind gust to 98 mph (158 km/h), and a wind gust of 95 mph (153 km/h) was also recently reported by a Weatherflow private weather station at Federal Point.

The minimum central pressure estimated from surface data from the NOAA NOS observing site at Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach is 958 mb (28.29 inches).

Airport & Equipment

We now have numerous airport closures or ATC Zero situations reported to the Command Center as Florence has made it onshore. (ATC Zero means that the tower has been evacuated, which means that the airfield becomes uncontrolled.) Individual airport managers or airport authorities are responsible for issuing NOTAMs to close or reopen an airport, not the FAA. The FAA has many of these posted on their OIS page. However, as this large storm moves further inland, it is likely that the OIS page will not be able to reflect all closures or ATC Zero situations. This is where we remind you to check NOTAMs and call your FBO of choice to confirm their status and services available. Please exercise caution operating anywhere near this storm.

The National Operations Control Center (NOCC) at the Command Center has posted these equipment issues:

  • FORT FISHER, NC (QGV) NDAG 118.05/251.30, 121.50, 127.725 AND 350.02 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0911/1138-0917/2000Z.
  • FORT FISHER, NC (QGV) ATCRB PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0912/1600-0917/1600Z.
  • FORT BRAGG, NC (FBG) ASR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0912/1900-0917/1500Z.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) RWY 17 REIL FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) ASR/MODES PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0912/2230-0917/1900Z.
  • ROCKY MOUNT, NC (RWI) RWY 04 LOC FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILMA) ZNY ECOM 133.525 MHZ BUECS FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILMA) RVR FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (GMX) RWY 24 PAPI/MALSR FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (GNM) RWY 06 PAPI/REIL FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) RWY 35 MALSR FAILED.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) ATCT EVACUATED. ATC ZERO.
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) VOR/TAC PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN.
  • FAYETTEVILLE, NC (FAY) ADPRS ADS-B SERVICE FAILED.
  • KINSTON, NC (ISO) ATCT ATC ZERO DUE TO STAFFING
  • WILMINGTON, NC (ILM) RWY 17 REIL FAILED.
  • FAYETTEVILLE, NC (FAY) ATCT EVACUATED. ATC ZERO.
  • KINSTON, NC (ISO) RWY 05 GS FAILED.
  • ROCKY MOUNT, NC (RWI) RWY 04 LOC FAILED.
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RWY 18/36 (MYR/BSQ) LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0917/2000Z.
  • MYYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RWY 36 (BSQ) ALS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0920/2000Z.
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RWY 36 (BSQ) PAPI PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0920/2000Z.
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) ASR/ATCRB PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0920/2000Z.
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) NDAG 228.75 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0920/2000Z.
  • KINGSTON, SC (ISO) RWY 05 (ISO) GS FAILED.
  • GEORGETOWN, SC (GGE) RTR 254.35 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1200-0920/2000Z.
  • FLORENCE, SC (FLO) ASR/MODES PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN 0913/1430-0920/2000Z.
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) ADPRS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) ASR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) TDDS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYRZ) RRCS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RWY 18 PAPI/MALSR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) VRS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RWY 18 LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (BSQ) RWY 36 LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) ASR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) STARS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) NDAG 228.75 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (BSQ) RWY 36 PAPI/MALSF PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RVR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYRZ) RTR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) TVS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC (MYR) RMSC PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • CHARLESTON, SC (CHS) ATCT LIMITED DECLARED DUE TO AIRPORT CLOSURE, TRACON OPEN UFN
  • N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC (CRE) ATCT EVACUATED. ATC ZERO
  • GEORGETOWN, SC (GGE) RTR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN

NOTAMs are your best source of information regarding airport, equipment and facility status.

Route Information

We have several required routes in place to move east coast traffic around the weather. As this east coast traffic gets pushed west, additional streams of traffic to and from the northeast will get pushed west and north. As a result, we can end up with required routes from the western US to the northeast. Also, an airspace flow program for traffic from FL to the northeast would not be out of the question later today. Your best source for these routes is the FAA's Current Reroutes page.

Resources

NBAA Airspace/Airport Alerts are informational in nature. Official current NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Notices, restrictions, and advisories may change at any time and without notice. Do not attempt any operation in the National Airspace System without first obtaining and understanding a thorough pre-flight briefing. In addition to talking to a FSS Specialist, operators can use the FAA NAIMES website to check for the latest TFRs.