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Early Sunday First Warning Forecast: Heavy rain, gusty winds and tidal flooding

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Posted at 3:28 AM, Oct 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-09 03:30:45-04

***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.***

***Flash Flood Watch in effect for the entire viewing area through Sunday afternoon.***

***Flash Flood Warning in effect for the entire viewing area through Sunday afternoon***

Heavy bands of rain will continue early this morning. Rain will begin to taper off into the afternoon. Even though the rain will start to pull away, we’ll still be dealing with gusty winds. Our next problem will be tidal flooding at high tide.

High tide times:

Sunday: 3:00 am & 4:00 pm

Monday: 4:00 am & 5:00 pm

Hurricane Matthew impacts

  • Heavy bands of rain this morning.
  • Our saturated ground coupled with more rain and strong winds will increase our potential for falling trees and resulting power outages.
  • With the rainfall and strong E/NE winds, we will see minor to moderate tidal flooding during times of high tide. The highest tide levels will be on Sunday and Monday.
  • We could also see river flooding due to the rainfall and high water levels. The Cashie River in Bertie County is expected to reach moderate flood levels on Sunday and Monday.
  • Waves will build through Saturday and will be highest on Sunday and into Monday.

Sunday: Heavy rain and wind in the morning. Some partial clearing by the afternoon. Gusty winds will persist all day. Tidal flooding likely at times of high tide. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. Winds: N 20-30 G 40-50

Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Windy. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds: N 20-30 G 40

Tropical Update

2:00 AM EDT Sun Oct 9
Location: 34.8°N 75.8°W
Moving: NE at 16 mph
Min pressure: 983 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

Strong winds occurring over eastern North Carolina as Matthew moves NE just offshore of the Outer Banks. Record-breaking flooding continues over portions of eastern North Carolina. The center of Matthew is about 30 miles SSW of Cape Hatteras or about 50 miles E of Morehead City, North Carolina. Max sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is moving toward the NE at 16 mph and this motion is expected to continue this morning, and then turn toward the east-northeast later this afternoon. On this track, the center of Matthew should move just south of the coast of North Carolina this morning and east of North Carolina by this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Nicole is still lingering well south of Bermuda. Nicole is about 520  miles south of Bermuda. The system is moving toward the south near 5 mph. This general motion with some reduction in forward speed is forecast through early Sunday. Nicole is expected to move very slowly by Sunday. Maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

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