July 31, 2018

20 Inches of Rain recorded in July; Flash
Flood Watch Remains in Effect

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on Tuesday, per the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. All of eastern North Carolina has a marginal threat of excessive rainfall on Tuesday, as 1 to 2 inches, with localized amounts to 3 inches, will be possible. The axis of deep moisture finally moves to the west on Wednesday with some much-needed drying expected all along the Outer Banks.

Due to Monday’s streak of sunny weather, many waterlogged areas of N.C. Highway 12 began to clear, with noticeably less standing water on the road than in previous days. Motorists are still urged to use caution, and to watch for high water, especially in the tri-villages area, central Avon, and Hatteras village.

The National Weather Service also reports that the Cape Hatteras area has seen approximately 20” of rain for the month of July, which makes it the wettest month in roughly 70 years.

A high rip current risk remains in effect for the southern beaches from Cape Point to Ocracoke, due to southerly winds combined with a southerly swell. A moderate risk of rip currents is in effect from Avon to Buxton.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.


Record Rains Lead to High Water on Roads; Still More to Come
Heavy Rains Cause High Water, Delays on N.C. Highway 12

Highway 12 Remains Open, But Standing Water Reported in Multiple Spots
Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect Through Wednesday
Flash Flood Warning Issued for Hatteras Island
Total Rainfall Now up to 6 Inches Through Wednesday
Flash Flooding Potential Could Mean Dangerous Travel Conditions
Up to 4 Inches of Rain Forecast Through Thursday

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