Coastal Storm: Strong winds, flood risk for Outer Banks

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A powerful Nor'easter will strengthen off the northeast coast Thursday night through Saturday bringing gusty winds, big surf and minor flooding to the Outer Banks.

A High Wind Watch is in effect for Hyde, Dare, and Carteret counties from Friday into Saturday. Winds of 30 to 40 mph are likely with gusts up to 50+ mph.

A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for the Outer Banks Dare county from Friday night through Sunday morning. Strong westerly winds will bring a flood risk to the sound side of the Outer Banks from Friday through Sunday morning. Water levels of 2 to 3 feet above ground level are likely. Flooding will be likely along highway 12 at times, especially around high tide. High tide will be centered around 8am and 8pm Friday and Saturday.

Dangerous large surf, strong rip currents and minor beach erosion will also be likely from Friday through much of the weekend.

The rain will come to an end by midnight tonight. Rainfall totals will average around 1.00" through the area with locally heavier amounts. As a cold front sweeps through this evening, a few thunderstorms will be possible.

Inland areas will likely see winds of 20 to 30 mph on Friday into Saturday with some gusts to 40 mph on Friday. Coastal locations can expect stronger winds, 25 to 35 mph with higher wind gusts. The duration of the wind will be most of the day on Friday and weakening into Saturday morning.

Stay tuned to WITN and WITN.COM for updates on the coastal storm.