The threat for severe weather on Thursday increased as a
strong low pressure system moves up the coastline bringing thunderstorms, heavy
rains and winds, per a Thursday morning briefing from the National Weather
Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Temperatures will warm dramatically Thursday morning into
the upper 60s, which will allow thunderstorms to form. Some of the
thunderstorms could produce damaging wind gusts and possibly tornadoes. Dare
County Schools were cancelled for Thursday due to concerns that the high wind
gusts and the potential for flash flooding that could create unsafe driving
Currently, 1.5-2 inches of rain is forecast for northern
Hatteras Island, and 2-3 inches of rain is forecast for southern Hatteras
Island and Ocracoke. With saturated grounds from the recent heavy rains earlier
in the week, localized flash flooding may develop. A flash flood watch is in
effect for coastal Dare and Hyde Counties through 7 p.m. on Thursday night.
Southeast winds in the 25-35 mph range are also forecast for
Thursday, and there is the potential for isolated tornadoes due to the strong
gusty winds and possible thunderstorms.
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/.
A flash flood watch is in effect for coastal Dare and Hyde
Counties through 7 p.m. on Thursday night.