Another strong low pressure system will move up the North Carolina coastline on Thursday bringing heavy rains, winds, and severe weather to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands per a Wednesday afternoon update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
The strongest rains and winds will likely occur during the Thursday morning commute, and will linger throughout the afternoon. 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/ .