flood watches continue for roughly the southwestern 2/3rds of eastern
North Carolina, per the 5 a.m. April 24 briefing from the National
Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
2 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall with the highest amounts most
likely west of US 17 and south of US 70. That being said, local amounts
of 5 inches or more are possible where thunderstorms are focused. Per
the latest briefing, Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are expected to
receive roughly 1 to 2 inches of rain.
The severe weather threat has increased with damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado possible through Tuesday morning.
wind advisory has also been issued for the Outer Banks tonight for
southeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. These strong
onshore winds will lead to big waves over the coastal waters and a high
surf advisory has been issued from Cape Lookout north late today into
severe weather is due to a low pressure system which is expected to
deepen off the Carolina coast Monday and slowly move ashore to Eastern
NC on Tuesday. Rounds of heavy rain are expected to develop on Monday
afternoon, and will continue through Tuesday morning.
For information on this evolving weather system,
visit www.spc.noaa.gov and / or www.weather.gov/mhx
NCDOT Offers the Following Safety
- Avoid driving through pools of
standing water, even if they appear shallow. Water could be covering road
hazards such as holes, fallen power lines or debris.
- Allow yourself more time to
get where you’re going. Drive at least five to 10 mph slower than the speed
limit on wet pavement.
- As required by North Carolina
law, turn on your headlights while using your windshield wipers, regardless of
the time of day.
- Stay alert and be ready for
sudden stops. Allow at least twice the normal following distance between
- If your vehicle starts to
hydroplane, take your foot off the gas and apply the brakes in a steady,
slightly firm manner and steer in the direction of the