WEATHER ALERT: Isolated Storms Possible For Eastern Carolina

By: Jim Howard, Matt Engelbrecht, Marvin Daugherty
By: Jim Howard, Matt Engelbrecht, Marvin Daugherty

Isolated storms are possible across Eastern Carolina Friday and Saturday. WITN meteorologists say the situation is much different from Wednesday and Thursday, and we should see much less activity.

Heavy rainfall from Tuesday and Wednesday is continuing to cause so flooding. Chicod Creek near Simpson in Pitt County continued to overflow. At 9:30 p.m. Thursday the stage was 12.9 feet and the flood stage is 10 feet. The flooding is expected to impact low lying areas adjacent to Mobley's Bridge Road.

Eastern Carolina has not been placed in a slight risk of severe weather as it was earlier in the week.

Stay with WITN and for the latest.

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Showers and storms are possible in Eastern Carolina Thursday.

But WITN Sunrise Meteorologist Jim Howard has encouraging news to report. Conditions are not as conducive for a repeat of the scene yesterday that lasted into this morning.

"First and foremost, the storm prediction center has not put us in a risk for severe weather as it did yesterday," said Howard.

"Also, the barometer is not as low as it was yesterday," Howard said. "That means the instability in the atmosphere is not as great."

But there is enough heat and moisture in the air to pop several storms, and some of them could get close to or reach severe limits.

The critical part of the equation is that today is not forecast to be a long-duration of showers and flooding rains, which was fueled Wednesday into Thursday by a slow-moving upper low.

"Today should be a more typical kind of weather event," said Howard, "when storms pop with the heating in the early afternoon and die down when we hit sunset. It should be much calmer by 9 p.m."

But there is a possibility of another inch or so of rain today. Add that to five inches of rain in some locations and that doesn't help the flooding issue as creeks and streams struggle to handle all the water.

A flood warning remains in place for Chicod Creek near Simpson in Pitt County.

The warning was issued at 4:39 a.m. Thursday and is in effect until further notice.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday the stage was 14.17 feet and the flood stage is 10 feet. The flood is expected to impact low lying areas adjacent to Mobley's Bridge Road.

Friday's forecast still has a chance of an isolated storm.

"Models are showing a little activity along the Highway 17, in what I refer to as the sea breeze corridor, including Onslow County, Craven County, eastern Beaufort County," said Howard.

But he stressed Friday is not forecast to be a widespread weather event, simply a few storms possible popping in the afternoon to early evening.

Stay with WITN and as we track severe weather and alert you to conditions, watches and warnings.

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Heavy rain and gusty winds hit portions of eastern North Carolina on Wednesday.

Some communities across Pitt and Beaufort counties received over two inches of rain.

The severe thunderstorm watch expired at 9 p.m.

Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms continued across Pitt, Beaufort and Martin counties at 10:45 p.m.

The severe threat has diminished but heavy rain could still fall in a few communities through the early morning hours.

Stay tuned to WITN & WITN.COM for all the latest.

When severe weather strikes, stay tuned to WITN for the latest from Advanced VIPIR. Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty and meteorologists Jim Howard, Matt Engelcrecht, Greg Armbrecht and Philip Williams will work around the clock to give you the latest information and any warnings.

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