Flood watches are in effect as the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl move over Eastern Carolina.
The flood watch is in effect through Wednesday evening for Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington counties.
Edgecombe, Wayne and Wilson counties are under a flash flood watch as well because of the storm.
Heavy rain from Beryl will result in widespread rain over Eastern Carolina. Most areas will get 2 to 5 inches, with some areas getting 6 to 8 inches.
At 9:00 a.m. Tropical Depression Beryl was located at 33.1 N, 79.8 W, or about 209 miles west-southwest of Atlantic Beach. The storm's winds were sustained at 35 miles per hour. Beryl was moving to the east-northeast at 12 miles per hour.
Rainfall rates will be nearly one inch per hour. Data from South Carolina has already indicated that totals could easily push over 2 inches. Myrtle Beach International reported over 2 inches of rain in just about 2 hours earlier this morning. Currently, heavy rain is spreading into Duplin, Onslow, Jones, Lenoir, southern Pitt, Greene, Craven and Wayne counties.
Beryl is expected to run parallel to our coast on Wednesday, bringing with it several inches of rain to most of Eastern Carolina. Beryl could become a minimal tropical storm along the North Carolina coast on Wednesday before moving out to sea Wednesday night.
Beryl will bring copious amounts of rainfall, along with some gusty coastal winds through Wednesday. Beryl's winds will likely pose no problems. The rain, however, will be a different story.
The storm will likely bring 2 to 5+ inches of rain from the central counties through the Crystal Coast and Outer Banks. 1 to 2 inches will be likely north of highway 64 although communities along and near the northeast coast could see 3 to 5 inches. Flooding will be likely across much of the area, especially with the already wet grounds. A flood watch has been issued for all counties along and south of highway 64 through Wednesday. If you live in an area that experiences flooding in heavy downpours, you should expect flooding on Wednesday. Even areas that don't typically deal with flooding may see some high waters by Wednesday afternoon.
Beryl's winds will not pose a big problem to our area. The storms winds will range from 20 mph inland to gusts near 40 mph on the coast. Beryl's potentially stronger gusts should stay offshore on the right side of Beryl's path. Winds will be primarily from the east-northeast bringing water level rises of 1 to 2+ feet along the coast as well as portions of the Sounds.
Tornadoes are unlikely with the storm, with the track staying just offshore. Still, an isolated tornado near the beaches can't be ruled out. Heavy surf will be likely along all beaches, along with a dangerous rip currents.
Beryl will quickly pull away from our area Wednesday night leaving much quieter weather for Thursday.
There have been no reports of major damage from Beryl, which soaked central and southern South Carolina during the early morning hours.
The storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people as it made landfall Sunday night along the northeast coast of Florida. Beryl brought several inches of rain to parts of southern Georgia, which has been stuck in an extreme drought for a couple years now.
We'll keep closely monitoring and continue to update this story with the latest information.
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