We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci’s Jewelers – Isle of Palms’s premier jewelry store for more than 60 years. We are so happy that you decided to visit our website! We hope that while you’re here, you will begin to get a sense of why so many customers choose Colucci’s Jewelers over other jewelry stores in Isle of Palms, SC.
In an industry known for snobby salespeople and overpriced items, Colucci’s Jewelers brings warm smiles and affordable prices to jewelry shoppers in the Lowcountry. Unlike other jewelers in Isle of Palms, the Colucci team focuses on providing customers with an unmatched jewelry experience, from the moment they pull into our parking lot to the minute they leave our showroom. We believe our customers deserve special attention, and our goal is to provide them with friendly, personalized service every time they visit.
The Colucci Difference
As a certified jeweler with more than 50 years in the industry, Stefan Colucci has built his reputation on excellence and execution. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for precision, Stefan pours his heart into every custom-made piece of jewelry, repair, restoration, and appraisal that he completes at Colucci’s Jewelers. With consistent craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail, Stefan’s ability to cater to all your jewelry needs will exceed your expectations every time.
While Stefan focuses on creating unforgettable custom jewelry for you or your loved one, his wife Summer specializes in customer service. Kind, patient, and knowledgeable in her own right, Summer will take all the time necessary to answer your questions and guide you through the jewelry selection process. Whether you’re stressed out looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring or need to restore a priceless family heirloom, Summer will make sure you receive the attention you deserve.
When you shop at Colucci’s Jewelry, understand that we will never try to pressure you into a purchase or provide you with lackluster service if you’re “window shopping.” We treat each of our customers with the same exceptional care, whether they are repeat clients or new faces.
Colucci’s is a name you can trust – there’s a reason we were voted Best Jeweler in 2019 by Readers Choice!
Diamond Engagement Rings in Isle of Palms
Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most beautiful, memorable moments that two people will ever share as a couple. An engagement ring symbolizes love and acceptance; it epitomizes trust and commitment. While no two proposals will ever be exactly the same, there is one constant that will always remain true: the diamond engagement ring you choose from Colucci’s Jewelers will give you a lifetime of pleasure and contentment.
We understand that choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important decisions you can make. That is why we pair the finest engagement jewelry in Isle of Palms, SC, with one-on-one showings and helpful advice – to ensure that you discover dazzling rings at an affordable price. With the Colucci team by your side, we take second-guessing out of the equation, so you can focus on popping the question with confidence. After all, a diamond engagement ring is meant to be cherished for a lifetime!
Factors to Consider Before Buying an Engagement Ring
We find that taking the time to give our clients as much information as possible makes their experience easier and more enjoyable. Before you visit our store in person, consider the following factors when choosing an engagement ring:
- Ring Size: Knowing your fiancée’s ring size is crucial, especially if you’re planning a surprise without her knowing. Borrow one of her rings and bring it to Colucci’s Jewelers, and we will measure free of charge. For the perfect fit, we can also resize her ring when the time is right.
- Jewelry Preference: Sapphire? Ruby? Emerald? Diamond? At Colucci Jewelry, we have a wide range of gemstones to choose from which to choose, as well as settings and metal types. Ask your fiancée’s friends or family for tips, or better yet, ask her yourself if you can do so without spoiling the surprise.
- 4 C’s: The four C’s represent color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you’re just starting your search, this system might be foreign to you, but it is a trusted grading system used throughout the world. We recommend you visit Colucci’s Jewelers for a quick education on this system, so you can find a quality diamond at a price that fits within your budget.
On-Site Jewelry Services in Isle of Palms
With regular care and maintenance, your piece of fine jewelry from Colucci’s Jewelers will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your favorite emerald necklace needs cleaning or a small diamond in your engagement ring is loose, we are happy to help. With more than 50 years of experience as Colucci’s Jewelers’ in-house repair expert, Stefan Colucci will handle your jewelry with care and compassion. Stefan is also highly skilled at creating designer jewelry in Isle of Palms, SC. If you have a grand idea for a custom jewelry project, Stefan will consult with you one-on-one to turn your dream into reality.
In addition to the above services, Colucci Jewelers also offers:
- Class Rings
- Cash for Gold
- Gold Dealer Services
- Consignment Services
- Custom Diamond Engagement Rings
- Luxury Watches
- Luxury Watch Repair
- Rhodium Plating
- Same-Day Jewelry Repair
- Gold Coins for Sale
Don’t risk sending your jewelry off to another state or country to be repaired by someone you can’t see or talk to – as the premier on-site jewelry store in Isle of Palms, we will handle all of your jewelry needs in person, with hard work and a smile.
If you need to get your fine jewelry appraised for insurance purposes, Colucci’s Jewelers can help.
It’s a great idea to get your jewelry appraised periodically. As the years pass along, the value of your precious metals and gemstones can fluctuate. If your last appraisal was more than two years ago, you could run into problems with your insurance coverage. If your jewelry is insured for less than its replacement value, you could lose a substantial amount of money if it is stolen or lost.
To help prevent situations like this from happening, our on-site jeweler Stefan Colucci will provide you with an up-to-date appraisal report based on your jewelry’s current market value. That way, you can update your insurance accordingly.
We also specialize in estate jewelry appraisals, so you know exactly how much your old jewelry is worth if you are thinking of selling.
Our appraisal services include:
- Diamond Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
- Court Appraisals
- Estate Jewelry Appraisals
- Cash Offer for Appraised Jewelry
Jewelry Appraisal Services in Isle of Palms
Sell Your Jewelry in Isle of Palms
Selling jewelry from years past can be a hard experience. Estate jewelry, in particular, can have sentimental value attached and can be hard to sell. This is because jewelry is often a symbol of achievement or affection, such as your class ring from high school or your grandmother’s wedding band. At Colucci’s Jewelers, we understand the connection to old jewelry and appreciate the memories and value you have with these antique pieces.
In addition to the personal value, antique and estate jewelry can be quite valuable from a monetary standpoint. Estate jewelry is extremely popular in this day and age. Many Lowcountry locals are selling their vintage pieces to trusted jewelry stores in Isle of Palms, SC, like Colucci’s Jewelers.
Many customers choose to sell their jewelry to Colucci’s Jewelers because we offer an intimate, honest experience – something that you will certainly not receive if you list your jewelry for sale on an internet marketplace. We will be upfront with you every step of the way to help separate personal value from monetary value, and will present you with a fair offer to consider.
If you are interested in selling your jewelry, we encourage you to visit our showroom to meet our staff and get an accurate appraisal of your jewelry’s worth.
We buy a multitude of different jewelry, including:
- Estate Jewelry
- Custom Jewelry
- Antique Jewelry
- Male Wedding Rings
- Female Wedding Rings
- Engagement Rings
- All-Things Rolex
Latest News in Isle of Palms
Doom Flamingo Releases New ‘Flamingo’ EP, Announces 2021 Tour Dates [Stream]
Doom Flamingo has released Flamingo, a new EP intended to serve as the “alter ego” to the Charleston, SC outfit’s 2020 release, Doom. The sextet, which is fronted by dynamic vocalist Kanika Moore and features Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik, will also head out on a string of 2021 tour dates in support of the two companion EPs. As the Doom/Flamingo EPs suggest, this is a band that walks the line bet...
Doom Flamingo has released Flamingo, a new EP intended to serve as the “alter ego” to the Charleston, SC outfit’s 2020 release, Doom.
The sextet, which is fronted by dynamic vocalist Kanika Moore and features Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik, will also head out on a string of 2021 tour dates in support of the two companion EPs.
As the Doom/Flamingo EPs suggest, this is a band that walks the line between seemingly opposing styles. While Doom was a darker, synth-wave collection inspired by the thematics of “mysterious and macabre” literature and cinema, Flamingo explores the nostalgic sounds of guilty-pleasure ’80s staples with an emphasis on hedonistic fun—the two characteristic sides of the Doom Flamingo coin.
Instrumentalist Ross Bogan approached the project in DIY fashion, chasing down keyboards on Craigslist to find just the right sounds for the EP’s tone.
Bandmates Stasik, Moore, Thomas Kenney, Mike Quinn, and Stu White followed suit on the pursuit of a “fun” sound. Stasik says the project makes him want to “lace up a pair of roller skates and head on down to the boardwalk.”
The band notes a number of influences on Flamingo, from Daft Punk to Whitney Houston. The album also features a shimmering cover of Tina Turner hit “The Best”.
Despite the record’s light-hearted vibes, the group remains vigilant in its ongoing message of justice and equality. The EP continues to push back on the mainstream views on societal norms and sexuality, offering an alternate worldview in which every individual should be allowed to live as who they view themselves to be.
In that vein, the new release features “Michelle”, a tribute to former First Lady Michelle Obama. “‘Michelle’ is a song dedicated to the women that exhibit love, intelligence, and charisma because it feels good to deposit positive energy and be fed with the same,” explains Moore. “I’m inspired by Michelle Obama.”
Doom Flamingo – Flamingo – Full EP
Doom Flamingo 2021 Tour Dates
July 1 – Isle of Palms, SC – Windjammer
July 3 – Scranton, PA – Peach Festival
August 19-21 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp
September 9 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
September 10 – Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock
September 11 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum
September 16 – Masontown, WV – Resonance Marvin’s Mountaintop
September 18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
October 9 – Port Chester, NY – Garcia’s @ The Capitol Theater
December 4-8 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze
Andy Frasco & The U.N. Premiere Single “Dancin’ Around My Grave”
Andy Frasco & the U.N. premiered a new single titled “Dancin’ Around My Grave,” today July 21. The song was released along with a vibrant music video directed by Frasco himself. The track features Charleston, S.C. bands Susto and Doom Flamingo. While “Dancin’ Around My Grave” focuses its gaze on death, it evokes an appreciation of life. The lyrics are sung jubilantly and inspire one to live fully and “Celebrate what we had.” Frasco’s directing doubles down on this effort...
Andy Frasco & the U.N. premiered a new single titled “Dancin’ Around My Grave,” today July 21. The song was released along with a vibrant music video directed by Frasco himself. The track features Charleston, S.C. bands Susto and Doom Flamingo.
While “Dancin’ Around My Grave” focuses its gaze on death, it evokes an appreciation of life. The lyrics are sung jubilantly and inspire one to live fully and “Celebrate what we had.”
Frasco’s directing doubles down on this effort. When there is a casket in the frame one can only focus on the flowers that adorn it, if there is a gravestone on screen it is the dancing around it that demands the viewer’s attention. Frasco also adds humor through photoshopped images of himself as an old man, and his future extended family–some with his exact features.
Partway through the song, Doom Flamingo vocalist Kanika Moore sings soulfully over a slowed tempo “Oh, if there’s a heaven baby/ Then I know I’ll see you there/ But if this all we got, that’s ok too/ Our love was real, our love was real.”
Andy Frasco & The U.N. Tour
Jul. 21 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Jul. 22 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Jul. 23 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Jul. 24 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Jul. 25 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Jul. 30 – Snow Bowl Plaza – Steamboat Springs, CO
Aug. 1 – Blues, Brews, and BBQ – Huntsville, UT
Aug. 4 – Knotty Pines Supper Club – Victor, ID
Aug. 5 – Sweetwater Hollow – Salmon, ID
Aug. 6 – Whiskey Jacques – Ketchum, ID
Aug. 7 – Whiskey Jacques – Ketchum, ID
Aug. 20 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, IL
Aug. 21 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, IL
Aug. 22 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, IL
Aug. 26 – Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR
Aug. 27 – Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR
Aug. 28 – Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR
Aug. 28 – Hot August Music Festival – Cockeysville, MD
Aug. 29 – Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR
Aug. 29 – The Starboard – Dewey Beach, DS
Aug. 31 – The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC
Sep. 1 – Heist Barrel Arts – Charlotte, NC
Sep. 2 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
Sep. 4 – FRamily Fest – Benton, IL
Sep. 8 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
Sep. 9 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX
Sep. 10 – Deep Elium Art Company – Houston, TX
Sep. 11 – Antone’s Nightclub – Austin, TX
Sep. 14 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 15 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Sep. 16 – Jammin on Vegas – Las Vegas
Sep. 17 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 18 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 22 – Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill – Nevada City, CA
Sep. 23 – Sessions Music Hall – Eugene, OR
Sep. 24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Sep. 25 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Oct. 1 – Mempho Fest – Memphis, TN
Oct. 2 – Mempho Fest – Memphis, TN
Oct. 3 – Mempho Fest – Memphis, TN
Oct. 9 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Oct. 14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Oct. 19 – Elevation @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 20 – The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI
Oct. 21 – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
Oct. 22 – Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 23 – Madison Theater – Covington, KY
Oct. 24 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Oct. 28 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
Oct. 29 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC
Oct. 30 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
Oct. 31 – The Southern Cafe and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA
Nov. 4 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Nov. 5 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
Nov. 6 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Nov. 7 – Canopy Club – Urbana, IL
Nov. 17 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
Nov. 18 – Salvage Station, Asheville, NC
Nov. 19 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
Nov. 20 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN
Nov. 29 – Tanner’s – Kimberly, WI
Dec. 1 – Union Stage – Washington, DC
Dec. 2 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 3 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 4 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Dec. 9 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
Dec. 10 – Bearsville Theater – Woodstock, NY
Dec. 11 – Anthology – Rochester, NY
Dec. 31 – Tuffy’s Music Box – Sanford, FL
The Cassina Group Ends First-Half of 2021 as the #1 Boutique Firm in Charleston
Charleston’s innovative-driven real estate firm, The Cassina Group, finished the first half of 2021 as the #1 boutique firm in all of Charleston. The company has over $406 million* in closed and pending sales so far this year, which outpaces their total sales volume for the previous year. “Throughout the years, The Cassina Group continues to set the tone for attainable luxury, focusing on our clients wants and needs and the unique properties that complement their lifestyles,” said Owen Tyler, Partner and Managing Bro...
Charleston’s innovative-driven real estate firm, The Cassina Group, finished the first half of 2021 as the #1 boutique firm in all of Charleston. The company has over $406 million* in closed and pending sales so far this year, which outpaces their total sales volume for the previous year.
“Throughout the years, The Cassina Group continues to set the tone for attainable luxury, focusing on our clients wants and needs and the unique properties that complement their lifestyles,” said Owen Tyler, Partner and Managing Broker of the company. “We are so grateful to have REALTORS® that are invested in the client experience, and wonderful customers and clients who return year after year.”
In a market where inventory is at historic lows, The Cassina Group has managed to achieve these results by leveraging their impressive network. Nearly 20% of their transactions this year have been handled in-house, with no other brokerages involved.
The boutique firm, with only 39 REALTORS®, has participated in the sale of 82 properties over a million dollars throughout the Lowcountry so far this year. Cassina currently ranks as the number one company by sales volume on Sullivan’s Island. Significant sales on the island include 2411 Atlantic Avenue ($6,850,000; Robertson Allen representing both the buyers and sellers), 1750 Ion Avenue ($4,000,000; Jimmy Dye representing the buyers), 2525 Atlantic Avenue ($3,500,000; Robertson Allen representing the buyers) and 3021 Middle Street ($3,305,001; Robertson Allen representing the buyers).
Other notable transactions handled by Cassina include:
106 Charleston Boulevard, Isle of Palms: 8 beds, 11 full & 2 half baths, 7,164 sq. ft., $4,350,000 (Meghan Webster represented the seller)
7 Dunecrest Lane, Isle of Palms: 7 beds, 8 full & 2 half baths, 4,991 sq. ft., $3,890,000 (Robertson Allen represented the seller & Meghan Webster represented the buyer)
2200 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms: 6 beds, 4 baths, 3,000 sq. ft., $3,000,000 (Chris Eller represented the buyers)
121 Live Oak Drive, Old Village: 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,369 sq. ft., $3,050,000 (Will Prendergast represented the sellers)
34 New Street, South of Broad: 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 4,280 sq. ft., $3,839,560 (Charles Baarcke represented the sellers)
6 New Town Lane, The Crescent: 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 4,200 sq. ft., $3,695,000 (Robertson Allen represented both the buyers and sellers)
The firm forecasts the second half of the year to be equally strong for Charleston real estate as more and more people relocate to the area, taking advantage of remote work options and the advantageous lifestyle afforded by the Lowcountry.
The innovation-driven real estate firm has a proven reputation for delivering stronger results through leading-edge technology and building lasting relationships. They recently launched a new website, CassinaGroup.com, to showcase their beautiful Lowcountry listings. The company has two offices in Charleston, including downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
For more information on The Cassina Group, please visit their website at CassinaGroup.com.
*Statistics pulled on 7.12.2021
About The Cassina Group
The Cassina Group is a boutique real estate brokerage with offices in Mount Pleasant, SC and Charleston, SC. The firm is managed by Owen Tyler, partner and managing broker, and founding partners Jimmy Dye and Robertson Allen. Recent awards include top honors from Charleston Magazine, Inc. 5000, T3 Sixty and SC Biz News. For more information, visit http://www.CassinaGroup.com or call 843-628-0008.
Charley Crockett preps new LP, on tour now (listen to “I Need Your Love”)
Charley Crockett will be back soon with new album Music City USA that's out September 17 via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. He's just shared new single "I Need Your Love," a sweet and sultry slice of southern soul. “I like to think of my sound as ‘Gulf & Western’, and this number here is all gulf coast music,” says Crockett. “Something you’d hear out of southeast Texas recording studios or ...
Charley Crockett will be back soon with new album Music City USA that's out September 17 via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. He's just shared new single "I Need Your Love," a sweet and sultry slice of southern soul.
“I like to think of my sound as ‘Gulf & Western’, and this number here is all gulf coast music,” says Crockett. “Something you’d hear out of southeast Texas recording studios or southern Louisiana. I’d been foolin’ around with this song for a while, and when we went to record it, we decided at the last minute to double the length of the chorus. I felt right then that we had something. I’d wanted to bring the horns back for a couple tunes on this album. Soul and Country R&B from the deep south is a whole lot of who I am. I hope it shows though on ‘I Need Your Love’”.
You can watch the video for "I Need Your Love," which Charley co-directed with Bobby Cochran, below.
Charley is on tour as we speak and dates will continue through the summer and into fall, including a show at Red Rocks with Orville Peck, the Hinterland Festival, a taping of Austin City Limits and an appearance at the ACL fest, as well as shows in Nashville, Louisville, Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Richmond, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and more. All dates are listed below
The Brooklyn show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 17 and tickets are on sale.
“I Need Your Love”
“The World Just Broke My Heart”
“Are We Lonesome Yet”
“This Foolish Game”
“Round This World”
“Music City USA”
“Just So You Know”
“Lies and Regret”
“I Won’t Cry”
“Only Game in Town”
“Skip a Rope”
Charley Crockett 2021 Tour Dates
July 9 - BarrelHouse Brewing Co. - Paso Robles, CA
July 10 - Delfino Farms - Camino, CA
July 11 - Sundays in the Park - Ukiah, CA
July 14 - The Olympic Venue - Boise, ID
July 15 - Old Saloon - Emigrant, MT
July 16 - Red oxx - Billings, MT
July 18 - Under the Big Sky Festival - Whitefish, MT
July 20 - Soundwell - Salt Lake City, UT
July 21 - Warehouse25sixty-five - Grand Junction, CO
July 22 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
July 23- Globe Hall- Denver, CO
July 24- Globe Hall- Denver, CO
July 26- Santa Fee Bandstand- Santa Fe, NM
July 30 - Silver Saloon - Terrell, TX
July 31- Gruene Hall- New Braunfels, TX
Aug 1- Gruene Hall- New Braunfels, TX
Aug 4 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
Aug 5 - Fargo Brewing Company - Fargo, ND
Aug 6- The Raccoon Motel- Davenport, IA
Aug 7 - Waiting Room Lounge - Omaha, NE
Aug 8 - Hinterland Music Festival - Saint Charles, IA
Aug 19 - The Majestic - Fort Smith, AR
Aug 20 - Missouri State Fairgrounds - Sedalina, MO
Aug 21 - Blue Ox Music Festival - Eau Claire, WI
Aug 22 - El Club - Detroit, MI
Aug 25 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
Aug 26 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
Aug 27 - RiverEdge at Marcum Park - Hamilton, OH
Aug 28 - Up In Smoke Fest - Chicago, IL
Aug 29 - The Winchester - Lakewood, OH
Sept 1- Anthology- Rochester, NY
Sept 2- Roxian Theatre- McKees Rocks, PA
Sept 3- Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Sept 4- The National- Richmond, VA
Sept 5-The NorVa- Norfolk, VA
Sept 6- Lincoln Theatre- Raleigh, NC
Sept 8- Saturn- Birmingham, AL
Sept 9- Brooklyn Bowl- Nashville, TN
Sept 11 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Sept 12 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN
Sept 15- Brighton Music Hall- Boston, MA
Sept 16- The Fillmore Silver Spring- Silver Spring, MD
Sept 17- Music Hall of Williamsburg- Brooklyn, NY
Sept 18 - Watermelon Pickers Fest - Berryville, VA
Sept 19 - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
Sept 20- The Senate, Columbia, SC
Sept 21- The Windjammer- Isle of Palms, SC
Sept 22- Hargray Capitol Theatre- Macon, GA
Sept 23- Variety Playhouse- Atlanta, GA
Sept 24-Georgia Theatre- Athens, GA
Sept 25- Phenix City Amphitheater- Phenix City, AL
Sept 30 - Jefferson Theatre - Beaumont, TX
Oct 2 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
Oct 9 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
Oct 16 - State Fair of Texas - Dallas, TX
Dec 30- The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
Dec 31- Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
Charlotte and NC coast brace for Hurricane Elsa. Here’s the latest on the storm.
While much uncertainty remained Saturday about its ultimate path, Hurricane Elsa was still projected to barrel into the Carolinas with fierce winds and rain by mid- to late-week, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters. And the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City put coastal residents on alert Saturday morning. “Elsa could bring impacts to Eastern NC by as early as mid week,” NWS meteorologists posted on Twitter at 6 a.m. Saturday. “It is too early for any specific impacts, but ...
While much uncertainty remained Saturday about its ultimate path, Hurricane Elsa was still projected to barrel into the Carolinas with fierce winds and rain by mid- to late-week, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters.
And the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City put coastal residents on alert Saturday morning.
“Elsa could bring impacts to Eastern NC by as early as mid week,” NWS meteorologists posted on Twitter at 6 a.m. Saturday. “It is too early for any specific impacts, but residents and visitors are urged to pay close attention to the forecast over the coming days.”
The storm could reach the Carolinas late Wednesday and into early Thursday, according to the NWS.
At 8 a.m. Saturday, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season was “moving rapidly” toward Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea, where conditions were “expected to deteriorate over the next several hours,” according to the Hurricane Center located in Miami.
On Friday, the storm “blew off roofs and snapped trees” in the eastern Caribbean islands, the Associated Press reported.
The category 1 storm packed 75 mph winds, but Hurricane Center forecasters on Friday night said the storm could develop into a category 3 hurricane at some point. Category 3 storms carry winds of 111 mph to 129 mph and cause “major damage,” according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on the National Hurricane Center’s website.
By comparison, Hurricane Hugo was a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in Isle of Palms, S.C., in September 1989. Gusts over 100 mph were recorded in Charlotte in that storm, according to the National Weather Service. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd made landfall at Cape Fear, N.C, as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, the NWS reported.
Tropical storm-force winds from Elsa could arrive in the Charlotte area by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to National Hurricane Center maps. Such winds range from 39 mph to 73 mph, according to the NWS.
In a bulletin issued at 8 a.m. Saturday, Hurricane Center forecasters cautioned “the details of the long-term track are still uncertain.”
At the same time, they said, the Hurricane Center’s “intensity forecast shows little change in strength through tonight, followed by slow weakening on Sunday and early Monday. Slight restrengthening is forecast when Elsa moves north of Cuba and across the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
“This forecast is a little lower than the previous one in the short term, but is largely unchanged at the longer forecast times.”