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Scattered downpours and wind expected for Sunday

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Dec 29 2013 09:17:18 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2013 09:55:13 AM CST
EASTERN CAROLINA -

Warm, windy and rainy conditions will take over eastern Carolina on Sunday. There is a chance for an isolated damaging wind gust or brief tornado.

A strong low pressure storm system will track along the I-95 corridor today, putting us on the warm and wet side of the storm. The low pressure area is anticipated to strengthen late this morning and early this afternoon, which will generate high wind speeds. Inland spots should expect winds at 10-15 mph from the southeast gusting to near 30 mph. Coastal areas could see gusts as high as 45 mph. 

The expected wind has already triggered a few safety alerts from the National Weather Service. There is a Gale Warning in effect for all coastal and sound waters for seas as rough as 8-11 feet. Dare, Hyde and Carteret Counties are also under a Wind Advisory for the possible 45 mph gusts. Because the wind is out of the southeast, there has also been a High Surf Advisory issued for Carteret County for waves as high as 9 feet through the day. 

Late this morning and early this afternoon when the low pressure center becomes stronger, we could see a few thunderstorms become strong. These storms will likely form as the cold front sweeps from the west to the east from 11am to 2pm and would be capable of producing winds near 40-50 mph and very heavy rain.  The winds in the atmosphere could be strong enough to spin up a brief tornado as well. 

All weather threats will be gone by this afternoon. Total rainfall should be around 1 to 2 inches.