A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the majority of eastern North Carolina starting Monday morning, per a Sunday briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Ocracoke and Hatteras islands are included in the Flash Flood Watch, which is in effect early Monday morning into Monday evening. Tropical moisture will stream into the region during this timeframe, which is indirectly associated with the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.
2-4 inches of rain is possible across eastern North Carolina through Monday night or early Tuesday, with locally heavier amounts possible.
Soils are quite saturated from recent rains, as May is running well above normal rainfall for many locations in 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/.