Off-shore storm brings winds, rain, and flooding concerns to coast.


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — An early-season strong low pressure, not quite a nor’easter this time as it won’t line up right, will move along the South and North Carolina coastlines through early Sunday.

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As it strengthens off the coastline, winds will increase which could allow for gusts towards hurricane force in the Outer Banks and sounds.

Winds will come from the north ranging from 15-25 mph with gusts up to 30 plus mph. Coastal gusts could be up to 60+ mph.

Rain will continue to be a threat along the coast, but amounts should be less than one inch.

However, the rain, coupled with strong winds pushing water from the Atlantic onshore, could cause coastal flooding concerns for all ocean-facing beaches. Inundations of two to four feet are possible where water is piled the highest.

The system will pull away on Sunday with improving conditions through the day. Any travel concerns towards the Outer Banks should monitor local conditions closely. For information on Central North Carolina weather, check out our local discussion here.

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