Update, 8 a.m. Friday - The National Weather Service' local office in Newport issued a new briefing at 5 a.m. Friday. Local meteorologists are now forecasting a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms for portions of eastern North Carolina. 

According to the briefing, this is an upgrade from previous forecasts and means widespread severe thunderstorms are likely. While the severe weather outlook remains slight for Carteret County, further inland the outlook rises to enhanced and then further rises to moderate. 

For Friday night, storm conditions are forecast over coastal waters, from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Gale conditions are forecast for all other waters. Dangerous seas up to 20 feet are expected to remain through Saturday; wind gusts from 50-60 knots (54.54 - 69.05 mph) are also expected.

From Friday night through early Saturday, minor coastal flooding is forecast for soundside property north of Oregon Inlet. A high surf advisory is in effect south of Oregon Inlet.

Scattered power outages are expected Friday night in all coastal counties. Damaging winds from 55-75 mph, with isolated tornadoes are possible throughout all of eastern North Carolina from late afternoon Friday through late Friday night.


(Original Article) NEWPORT — Local National Weather Service meteorologists say there’s a good chance of severe thunderstorms late Friday into Friday night.

The NWS office in Newport issued a severe thunderstorm briefing at 7 a.m. Thursday. According to the briefing, there’s a high wind watch in effect for the Outer Banks and eastern Carteret County, an enhanced severe thunderstorm risk for all of eastern North Carolina and a gale watch for all marine areas except inland rivers.

NWS meteorologists forecast gale conditions over most of the coastal waters from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout National Seashore Friday through Friday night. Dangerous seas up to 20 feet, with wind gusts up to 50 knots (57.54 mph), may occur.

Scattered power outages may occur in Carteret County, as well as all other coastal counties Friday night, and all of eastern North Carolina is at risk of damaging winds and even a brief tornado Friday afternoon through the night. Minor coastal flooding may also occur Friday night through early Saturday, though meteorologists expect this will be limited to sound-side locations north of Oregon Inlet.

In Carteret County, NWS meteorologists forecast total rainfall amounts Thursday night through Saturday morning between 1.5-2 inches.

The next briefing will be issued at 6 p.m. Thursday. The latest NWS briefings from the Newport office are available at weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf.

The NWS Newport office provides forecasts, outlooks, watches, warnings and other information at weather.gov/mhx/. It also provides information on Twitter at @NWSMoreheadCity, on Facebook at facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/ and on YouTube at youtube.com/user/NWSMoreheadCity.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.  

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