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Heavy Rains Prompt Flood Watch for eastern North Carolina

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Chief Meteorologist David Sawyer Chief Meteorologist David Sawyer
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for the following counties until Sunday at 8 PM: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Mainland Hyde, Martin, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare, Outer Banks Hyde, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Mainland Dare. An Areal Flood Watch means that flooding could happen gradually due to heavy rains and over-saturated ground.

Hello! I'm WNCT 9 First Alert Meteorologist David Sawyer with your forecast for eastern North Carolina
 
TONIGHT: Showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue even into the overnight hours. Remember to turn around and don't drown as it may be hard to see flooded out areas at night. Temperatures will be similar to last night, in the lower 70s inland and upper 70s along the coast.

WEEKEND SOAKER: A stalled boundary will remain parked across the region, allowing for areas of low pressure to work up the boundary. This will increase rain chances and probability of localized flooding the few days. Temperatures will stay cooler than normal, in the upper 70s and lower 80s under mainly cloudy skies and rounds of showers and storms on Saturday and Sunday. By the end of the event, rainfall totals could easily amount to over 2 - 4" with some locally higher amounts.

PATTERN CHANGE LATE NEXT WEEK: The upper trough that will help shuttle the areas of low pressure up the frontal boundary this weekend will begin to flatten to more of a zonal flow. This will allow for the summer heat and humidity, as well as summer pop-up storms to come back by the middle of the coming work week.  Another trough looks to dive southward into next weekend.

TROPICS: Your WNCT 9 First Alert Weather team is now tracking Tropical Storm Bertha in the Atlantic Ocean moving across the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean Sea.  As of the 11 pm Friday advisory, Tropical Storm Bertha has 50 mph winds and is moving toward the WNW at 22 mph.  The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Bertha making a turn up and just off the U.S. East Coast early next week.  Although eastern NC looks to be spared direct impacts from Bertha, please stay tuned to WNCT 9 First Alert Weather for the latest information.

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