Hurricane Bill will pass 300 miles east of the North Carolina coast on Saturday afternoon. The storm decreased in intensity late Friday and became a category 2 storm. Bill could still strengthen into a category 3 storm before heading northward and away from the area. A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for areas north of Cape Lookout from 8:00 am Saturday to noon Sunday. Wave action could reach 10 to 15 feet. The large waves could send water over portions of the Outer Banks during high tide on Saturday. The most likely time for flooding will be between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning and evening and will correspond with high tide. Highway 12 could be especially vulnerable to flooding and could become impassable at times. The storm will move rapidly away from the coast on Sunday and conditions should return to normal early next week. Otherwise, get ready for a few thunderstorms this weekend as a cold front pushes into the area.
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