The heavy rainfall threat continues through Wednesday night as deep moisture couples with an upper level low and a stalled surface front, per the Tuesday morning briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
The new total rainfall forecast has been updated from 2-4 inches to 4-6 inches for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands to reflect additional rain expected through Wednesday night. Most of the eastern North Carolina should see around 4 to 6 inches of total rain with possibly a little less deep inland. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all eastern North Carolina counties, including Dare and Hyde, through Wednesday.
Dangerous rip currents and strong surf are also expected for Tuesday, due to moderate or strong southwest winds combined with an increasing southwest swell. A strong shore break and strong longshore current are expected for all Hatteras and Ocracoke Island beaches.
There is currently a high risk of rip currents for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, and swimmers and beach-goers are advised not to enter the Atlantic Ocean.
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/.