Beryl Moves Away From Eastern Carolina

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

The rain was easing or ending in most of Eastern Carolina as Beryl moved away Wedneday afternoon.

Conditions will continue to clear into this evening.

The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory for Beryl at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Beryl was a post-tropical cyclone as of 5 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving east-northeast at 21 miles per hour away from North Carolina.

Thursday is forecast to be in the 80s and partly sunny for Eastern Carolina. There is a chance for severe weather on Friday.

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Beryl will bring copious amounts of rainfall, along with some gusty coastal winds through Wednesday.

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.

Click here to go to WITN’s hurricane page and track the system.

We'll keep closely monitoring and continue to update this story with the latest information.

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