River levels continue to slowly rise with additional rainfall still possible Sunday and Monday. Scattered heavy downpours will impact the area in the afternoon with winds out of the east at 10 to 20 mph. Winds gusts could be as high as 30 mph inland and 45 mph along the coast. Rainfall totals will not reach the same level as those on Friday, however an additional 1" to 3" of rainfall possible Sunday night into Monday.
Drier weather is expected by Tuesday and the remainder of next week, however it will take a few days for river levels to return to normal.
As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Joaquin was continuing its path towards Bermuda, keeping the major hurricane over 600 miles off the NC coast. It is moving northeast at 20 mph.
The storm has weakened slightly with central pressure rising to 952 mb and sustained winds dropping to 120 mph. It remains a powerful Category 3 hurricane.
The center of the forecast cone is about 700 miles east of the Outer Banks.
Eastern Carolina as well as the entire East Coast of the United States will escape Joaquin's fury as the storm pushes east towards Bermuda.
Follow Our Meteorologists: The WITN Weather Authority team is tracking the storm. Stay tuned to WITN for the latest information.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with showers possible in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds at 15 to 30 mph.
Sunday Night: Cloudy with showers, a few possibly heavy after 10pm. Lows in the middle 70s. East winds at 10 to 20 mph.
*Small Craft Advisory for offshore waters until Sunday evening*
Winds will be from the northeast at 15 to 25 knots on Sunday. Wave heights will range from 5 to 8 feet offshore and 1 to 3 feet on the Sounds. Wave heights will build to 9 to 12 feet along the Outer Banks Sunday afternoon into early Monday.
A few scattered showers can be expected through Sunday, with afternoon highs in the middle to upper 70s. Some sunshine can be expected from time to time.
Rip Risk: HIGH risk Crystal Coast ; HIGH risk Outer Banks Water Temp: Upper 70s Outer Banks; Upper 70s Crystal Coast UV Index: Low for all beaches Wave Height: 6 to 9 ft. Outer Banks; 2 to 4 ft. Crystal Coast
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