Tropical moisture that is indirectly associated with the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico may bring flooding to eastern North Carolina by Monday, per a Saturday afternoon briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Most of the eastern half of the state, including Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, is in the slight risk range for excessive rain, which means there is up to a 20% chance of rainfall exceeding flash flood criteria.
Up to 2” of rain is forecast through Tuesday beginning Sunday night, with locally heavier amounts possible.
Soils are quite saturated from recent rains, as May is running well above normal rainfall for many locations in eastern North Carolina. The National Weather Service reports that due to these conditions, it will be fairly easy for excessive rain to cause at least minor flood issues.
The Eastern N.C. area will also remain in an unsettled weather pattern for most of the upcoming week, as the moist air mass remains in place.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for local weather forecasts, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.