Flooding has already been reported as a strong line of showers moved across Eastern Carolina. A flood watch has been issued for the entire area through Sunday evening. Rainfall amounts will likely range from 3 to 5 inches.
In Morehead City, heavy rains closed down Bridges Street at the 15th Street intersection.
Morehead City on Friday received more than 3 inches of rain. Other locations with a lot of rain include Swansboro with nearly 2 inches, New Bern with 1.86", Kinston with 1.84", Sneads Ferry 1.80", and Greenville 1:45".
Carteret County Emergency Services says a house on Harker's Island was struck by lightning. That fire is under control.
A water spout around 8:00 a.m. near Atlantic Beach prompted a tornado warning. The water spout made its way up Beaufort Inlet and formed into a tornado, but did not cause any damage.
Showers will be increasing across the area on Friday. A moisture-laden east to southeasterly flow in combination with a stationary front will ignite numerous showers and a few storms through the day and evening. The slow-moving showers will produce locally heavy rainfall, with localized flooding likely.
Additional shower and storm activity is expected to continue through the weekend. Friday through Sunday rainfall should average between 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts of 2.5 to 4 inches.
Temperatures will remain cooler than normal because of the clouds and showers. Afternoon highs will average in the middle 80s inland and lower 80s on the beaches.