First Warning Forecast: Coastal storm to bring rain, wind and flooding

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 23:39:15-04

Meteorologist April Loveland's First Warning Forecast

Skies will be partly cloudy overnight. It will be very warm and humid with lows in the mid 70s. Showers will be possible, especially in North Carolina.

The area of low pressure that is situated off the coast of the Carolinas will continue to move toward the northeast overnight and Thursday. It could potentially become tropical of subtropical as it moves offshore. No matter what though, it is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding across portions of the southeastern U.S. during the next couple of days. Temperatures will top out in the mid 80s due to the rain and clouds. The low pressure system will continue to pull to the northeast on Friday. Expect showers and storms to continue on Friday.

Even though the system will be moving away from the area on Saturday, several disturbances will move through bringing more showers and storms. The humidity will be on the rise as well as the temperatures. Expect highs in the low 90s, Saturday through Tuesday with heat index values from 100 to 105 degrees.

Tropical Update:

An area of low pressure located about 60 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the adjacent Atlantic waters and portions of eastern North Carolina. The low is expected to move northeastward near or just offshore of the North Carolina Outer Banks on Thursday, and then turn north-northeastward and move along the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form within the next day or so.

* Formation chance through 2 days: HIGH (80%)
* Formation chance through 5 days: HIGH (80%)

Meteorologist April Loveland

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