I thought a little rundown on what we can expect from the weather today might be appropriate this morning so, here goes:

First of all let me tell you that, while we certainly don't need the rain right now, this isn't going to be too bad. We've ridden out much worse than this together. The big problem is going to be all the rain we can expect. I have a feeling that we are gong to be dealing with flooding for awhile.

We'll start seeing tropical storm conditions today with fairly heavy rain. In the rain department we have a 90% chance today and we can look for about another two inches on the rain gauge.  That's really not too bad considering. Of course, all that rain will be backed up with some pretty stiff wind.

Our winds today are going to be driving that rain from the Northeast at about 30 to 35 mph and we could very well have gusts up to 45 mph and at that point, things can start flying around, Make sure you don't have anything in your yard that might become airborne and do some real damage. Speaking of wind, it will be tonight that we see some increased wind speeds.

We're going to carry that 90% chance of rain into the night, but our winds are going to increase substantially. We can look for wind speeds averaging 30 to 40mph this evening but we could have gusts up to 55 mph. We'll be a long way from hurricane force winds, but we land right in the middle of the Saffir-Simpson scale when it comes to tropical storms.

Basically, we are going to be in tropical storm mode until tomorrow night when the winds will calm down to about 10 to 15 mph with the occasional gust of up to 25. The problem is that we are going to continue to have some pretty high rain probabilities right on through the weekend. Here's the forecast for that time period from the National Weather Service:

Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 79. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. East wind around 5 mph.
Sunday
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.
Sunday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75.
Monday
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.