Severe weather is possible Sunday night and Monday, which includes potential soundside flooding for northern Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks, per a Saturday evening briefing from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office.
Strong southerly winds of 25-35 mph with higher gusts could result in coastal flooding on Monday, particularly for soundside areas north of Buxton.
Thunderstorms and wind gusts in excess of 60 mph could damage trees and power lines, resulting in scattered power outages. An isolated tornado or two is possible, resulting in locally enhanced areas of damage.
Locally heavy rainfall of up to 2” inches is also possible, especially for the Outer Banks and inland N.C. areas east of U.S. Highway 17.
A Gale Watch is in effect on Monday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Pamlico Sound waters, and from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the offshore waters from Ocracoke Inlet to Oregon Inlet.
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/.