A winter weather advisory is in effect until 7am on Saturday for Beaufort, Mainland Hyde, Martin, Outer Banks Dare, Tyrrell, Washington and western Dare County. The threats are black ice and slick roadways.
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.