Eastern North Carolina is under a flash flood watch and a Tropical Storm Warning as Tropical Storm Michael is expected to cross interior portions of the state this afternoon and evening and then move off the Virginia coast late tonight.
A storm surge watch remains in effect for Outer Banks Dare and Hyde counties where minor coastal flooding is expected today and tonight. Based on the current track, areas along the coast and adjacent to the sounds will receive as much as 3 feet of storm surge.
Periods of heavy rain are expected through late tonight. 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is forecast, with locally higher amounts farther inland. Peak winds of 30-40 mph with higher gusts are possible with Michael. Sustained winds of 50 mph are expected along the coast and in areas adjacent to the sounds, with gusts 55-65 mph. A few tornadoes will be possible this afternoon and evening.
Under these conditions, damage may happen to porches, awnings, sheds, unanchored mobile homes and unsecured lightweight objects. Large tree limbs will be broken and fall, some trees may become uprooted. Driving conditions may be hazardous on bridges and elevated roadways. Scattered power and communication outages are expected.