Showers and scattered thunderstorms are forecasted for Friday, with localized flooding and gusty winds possible, per a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Up to 1.5” inches of rain is possible throughout the day on Friday, with southwest winds of 15-20 mph and potentially higher gusts.
There is a high risk of rip currents for all Hatteras Island beaches from Cape Point to Hatteras village, as well as on Ocracoke Island. A low threat of rip currents is forecasted for all beaches on northern Hatteras Island, from Cape Point to Oregon Inlet. A “high risk” means that life-threatening rip currents are likely, and that the surf zone is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.
After Friday’s showers and winds, the rest of the 4th of July weekend is expected to be sunny and clear, with temperatures in the mid-80s.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for general weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.