The National Weather Service (NWS) made several updates to this morning's forecast. While the most threatening impacts will remain along the outer banks, the following is now forecasted for Beaufort County. (Changes are highlighted below.)
- Rain is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon. Locations west of Bath and Blounts Creek are now forecasted to receive between 2 and 3 inches of rain. Areas east should expect 3 to 4 inches during this time, with the heaviest rainfall occurring today and tomorrow.
- Beaufort Co is now under a wind advisory. NNE winds will continue to increase throughout the day, becoming sustained at 15 - 20 mph by sunrise Saturday. Winds are expected to peak between 2p and 10p Saturday at 20 - 25mph. The wind direction will transition to the N on Sunday and remain sustained between 15 and 20 mph. NNW winds are expected to be less than 10 mph by sunrise Monday, and continue to subside throughout the day. Gust of 40 - 45 mph are possible anytime between Friday and Sunday. Areas along the Pamlico River and Pungo River shore lines will be especially susceptible to these higher wind range. Both the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers are also now under a Gale Warning.
- Beaufort is also now under a Coastal Flood Advisory. As such, minor coastal flooding is likely in low lying areas along the southern shoreline of the Pamlico River, particularly east of Chocowinity Bay.
Our office will continue to monitor this system throughout the weekend, and pass along any changes to the current forecast as we receive them.