Flooding In Oriental Thanks To Significant Wind, Rain

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The town of Oriental got its share of water Friday morning.

Heavy rains and strong northeast winds caused flooding from the Neuse River.

Hodges Street looked more like a river than a road. It was covered in about 6 to 8 inches of water.

It didn't stop folks from finding a way to get their hot cup of coffee and breakfast bagel at The Bean.

Some waded through deep water, others actually kayaked to the business.

Barista June Durham said, "There was one guy I had to help get up on the porch. I don't know how old he was, older than me, so that's pretty old. He got up on this skinny pole and I grabbed his one arm, pulled him over."

The water is now starting to recede in Oriental.

A large low pressure system will continue to track up the coast, arriving in eastern Carolina mid day Friday. The system is expected to bring 1" to 2" of rain to most areas with 3" possible along the Crystal Coast. Winds will remain strong from the north to northeast at 18 to 25 mph (coastal areas will see sustained winds at 25 to 35 mph). The winds have prompted a Coastal Flood Advisory to be issued through Friday for coastal portions of Craven County, Carteret County and the Outer Banks. Water levels are forecasted to rise between 2 to 3 feet.

Skies will become mostly sunny for the weekend. The increased sunshine will bring warmer afternoon temperatures. The lower to middle 60s will bring some relief from the winter chilly experienced earlier in the week.