A low pressure system that has been lingering off the Carolina coastline is expected to move over or just off the coast of the Outer Banks today, bringing locally heavy rainfall and the possibility for minor flooding, per a Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
The system currently has a high (80%) chance of development over the next two days, and is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm later today or tonight.
The low is expected to move northeast near or just offshore the Outer Banks on Thursday, and then turn north-northeastward and move along the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday.
Regardless of development, up to 3-4 inches of rain is forecast for the Outer Banks through Friday evening, and thunderstorms producing rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are also possible over the next two days.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.