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A stormy Sunday could cause minor flooding

Published On: Nov 18 2012 08:32:03 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 18 2012 01:04:44 PM CST
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By: Chuck Forrest, Oriental

eastern Carolina -

Windy conditions today have led to some minor coastal flooding along the southern parts of Pamlico Sound and Neuse River. A storm just off the coast of North Carolina is generating winds of 15-20 mph out of the north with some gusts upwards of 30 mph.

Wind driven surge will couple with an almost five foot rise during high just before 10:30am Saturday. This is likely to produce at least some coastal flooding for locations on the southern banks of the Pamlico Sound and Neuse River.

Off-shore, the National Weather Service has issued a Gale Warning till 7p.m. Monday for winds gusting frequently to 35 mph and seas of 9 to 13 feet.

The off shore storm will move east Monday. A Small Craft Advisory will be in effect until late Wednesday.

This storm originally looked like it would be a Nor’Easter. Luckily for Hurricane Sandy victims, it will not be. The storm did track up the coast till it reached eastern Carolina, but should soon push off into the Atlantic Ocean.

The local forecast for Thanksgiving Day weekend looks sunny, quiet and warm.