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Heavy Rains Prompt Flood Watch for eastern North Carolina

Dontae Jones Dontae Jones
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for the following counties until Sunday at 8 PM: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Mainland Hyde, Martin, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare, Outer Banks Hyde, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Mainland Dare. An Areal Flood Watch means that flooding could happen gradually due to heavy rains and over-saturated ground.

Good Afternooon! I'm WNCT 9 First Alert Meteorologist Dontae Jones with your forecast for eastern North Carolina
THIS AFTERNOON: Numerous heavy downpours and thunderstorms with gusty winds have already moved through the 9 On Your Side area and are still moving through. We'll continue to see heavy downpours as some areas have already received a few inches of rain. The instability in the atmosphere is low due to the cloud cover and rain not allowing the sun to heat the surface so temperatures are kept in the 70s and severe thunderstorms are kept at bay, however we could still see some strong thunderstorms with gusty winds of 50 mph and maybe some small hail. With a warm front lifting off the ocean, there is a lot of shear in the atmosphere, or turning of the winds as you get higher in the atmosphere so we do have a threat of a few waterspouts coming ashore or a quick spin up tornado. We will continue to monitor the coastal areas. The rain is forecast to continue to fall, even at a moderate to heavy rate through the overnight.

TONIGHT: Showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue even into the overnight hours. Remember to turn around and don't drown as it may be hard to see flooded out areas at night. Temperatures will be similar to last night, in the lower 70s inland and upper 70s along the coast.

WEEKEND SOAKER: A stalled boundary will move into the region, allowing for areas of low pressure to work up the boundary. This will increase rain chances and probability of localized flooding the next several days. Temperatures will stay cooler than normal, in the upper 70s and lower 80s under mainly cloudy skies and rounds of showers and storms. By the end of the event, rainfall totals could easily amount to over 2 - 4" with some higher amounts.

PATTERN CHANGE LATE NEXT WEEK: The upper trough that will help shuttle the areas of low pressure up the frontal boundary this weekend will begin to flatten to more of a zonal flow. This will allow for the summer heat and humidity, as well as summer pop-up storms to come back by the middle of the coming work week.  Another trough looks to dive southward into next weekend.

TROPICS: Your WNCT 9 First Alert Weather team is now tracking Tropical Storm Bertha in the Atlantic Ocean nearing the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean Sea.  As of the 11 am Friday advisory, Tropical Storm Bertha has 50 mph winds and is moving toward the WNW at 21 mph.  The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Bertha making a turn up and just off the U.S. East Coast early next week.  It is too early to know if Bertha will have direct impacts on eastern North Carolina.  Please stay tuned to WNCT 9 First Alert Weather for the latest information.

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