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Flood Watch remains in effect for Eastern Carolina

By Jonathan Weant
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:09:46 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 04 2014 02:28:25 PM CDT
EASTERN CAROLINA -

All counties in our area are under a FLOOD WATCH until 8 p.m. Monday. It only takes 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, and only 6 inches of fast-moving water to sweep a full grown man off his feet. If you approach a flooded roadway, turn around, don’t drown. Most flooding deaths happen in vehicles.

TODAY: Periods of rain showers and thunderstorms with the heaviest east of Highway 17. West of Highway 17, there will be just a few showers scattered about during the day. We'll hold on to cloudy skies across the region. Temperatures will be kept low thanks to the cloud cover and rain-cooled air. Highs will be 78 to 82 degrees. Winds SE shifting towards the east at about 5 to 10mph. Chance of rain is about 70 percent. Additional 1 to 2 inches of rain west of Highway 17 and 2 to 3 inches east of Highway 17 through Tuesday can be expected.

TONIGHT: A chance for a few showers, otherwise mostly cloudy skies damp and mild. Lows 70 to 72 inland, 72 to 74 along the coast. East wind 5 to 10mph.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers and downpours.  Inland: 80 to 84, Beach: 78to 80. Winds: N 5 to 10 mph.

DISCUSSION: Our jet stream has set up as a big trough across the east, and this is what is giving us day after day of cloudy, rainy weather. Upper-level winds are taking little waves (batches of showers) and steering them right along our coast. This is why our rain has come in waves. Expect waves of widespread showers through Monday, beginning to taper off Tuesday. Each wave of rain could bring anywhere from a half an inch to 3 inches of rain. Heaviest totals anticipated to be around our coastal areas (Onslow, Carteret, S. Jones, S. Craven, E. Pamlico, E. Beaufort Counties).

A waterspout or two is also possible across our area for the next two days.