NWS total rainfall forecast April 2

The National Weather Service local office in Newport forecasts over 2 inches of rainfall for most of Carteret County during a coastal storm expected to come through late April 2 into early April 3. (NWS graphic)

Updated: 5 a.m., Tuesday, April 2. 

NEWPORT — The National Weather Service office in Newport upgraded gale watches for coastal waters from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout to storm warnings Tuesday morning.

Meteorologists with the local NWS office issued a briefing at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the latest briefing available for the coastal storm the office forecasts will pass over the North Carolina coast late Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday.

According to this brief, meteorologists expect gale- to storm-force winds and dangerous seas in all coastal waters and Pamlico Sounds later Tuesday through early Wednesday morning, with storm-force winds over the central coastal waters.

Coastal flooding of 1-2 feet above ground is also forecast for the Down East area of Carteret County Tuesday night into early Wednesday, along with the sound-side Outer Banks in Dare and Hyde counties. Scattered power outages are forecast late Tuesday and Tuesday night in Carteret County and on the Outer Banks in Dare and Hyde counties.

Another briefing is scheduled for midday Tuesday. The NWS Newport office posts its briefings at the website weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf.

The Newport NWS Office posts its latest forecasts, warnings, outlooks and other information on weather.gov/mhx/. It also posts information to its Facebook page, facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/, on Twitter at twitter.com/nwsmoreheadcity and on YouTube at youtube.com/user/NWSMoreheadCity.

(Previous report.)

NEWPORT — Local meteorologists with the National Weather Service are forecasting a coastal storm will hit late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

The NWS local office in Newport issued a briefing at 7 a.m. Monday. NWS Meteorologist Bel Melendez said in the email that the briefing came in that a coastal low pressure system is expected to develop off the southeast Atlanic coast and rapidly deepen, moving along the North Carolina coast late Tuesday into early Wednesday; the area it’s expected to hit includes Carteret County.

“This system has the potential to produce strong winds, high surf and minor coastal flooding concerns,” Ms. Melendez said.

According to the briefing, gale-force winds and dangerous seas are possible late Tuesday through early Wednesday in all coastal waters and Pamlico Sound. During this time, coastal flooding 1-2 feet above ground is possible in the Down East area of Carteret County, as well as in eastern Pamlico Sound, adjacent rivers and the sound side of the Outer Banks in Dare County.

Late Tuesday into Tuesday night, strong wind may result in scattered power outages. These outages may occur in Carteret and Hyde counties as well as on the Outer Banks in Dare County.

According to the NWS briefing, rainfall totals in Emerald Isle, Morehead City and Cedar Island are 1 ½ - 2 inches, as of Monday morning.

Another briefing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. Briefings are posted online at the website www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf.

The Newport NWS Office posts its latest forecasts, warnings, outlooks and other information on its website www.weather.gov/mhx/. It also posts information to its Facebook page www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/, on Twitter at twitter.com/nwsmoreheadcity and on YouTube at www.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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