A low pressure system that is hovering over southern Georgia is forecast to make its way to the Atlantic Ocean before heading up the coast and into Outer Banks area, bringing heavy rains over the next few days, per a Monday afternoon update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Up to 4 inches of rain is forecast for southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island from 8 a.m. on Tuesday through Friday, July 10.
As of Monday afternoon, the low pressure system was centered inland over southern Georgia. The low is forecast to move northeastward, near the coast of the Carolinas, during the next few days. No development is expected while the low remains over land, however, some development may be possible if the system moves over water later this week.
Regardless of development, the low is forecast to produce locally heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding across portions of the southeast U.S. during the next couple of days.
The chance of the coastal low’s formation into a tropical storm or hurricane is relatively low, and is 10% over the next 48 hours, and 40% over the next five days, per the NHC.
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/.