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Strong winds, heavy rain, coastal flooding and an isolated tornado all possible when Tropical Storm Nicole arrives in ENC

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Tropical Storm Nicole

Hold onto your hats – it’s a bit breezy in eastern North Carolina.

Forecaster Casey Dail with the National Weather Service in Newport says the weather in eastern North Carolina is being influenced by a strong low-pressure system to the north as well as Tropical Storm Nicole in the Atlantic – causing coastal flooding in some spots.

“We are experiencing some elevated water levels and some inundation about 1-3 feet above ground level given this prolonged, strong north easterly flow, so it is impacting areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound and the Neuse River and the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers and a lot of the beaches – oceanside, east-facing beaches,” she explained.

Dail said those conditions are expected to continue through midweek.

On the heels of that system, Nicole could arrive before the week is out.

“It does look like we may see impacts from it as we get into the latter part of the week,” Dail said. “We could get stronger winds, we could get locally heavy rain, we could get additional coastal flood concerns and impacts. There’s also a chance for isolated tornados as we get into Thursday night and Friday.”

While the official hurricane season lasts through the end of the month, Dail says an early November tropical storm is unusual.

“It is kind of abnormal,” she said, “Obviously, we are still in Hurricane season, it goes to the end of November, but it is kind of abnormal to be dealing with this in early November.”

According to NOAA, Nicole will be the first hurricane to strike the United States in November in nearly 40 years and only five November hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. since they began keeping records.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.