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Tropical storm warning: heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding among the concerns

National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect until further notice for eastern North Carolina.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Newport said tropical storm force winds are expected, at 35-45 mph with gusts to 55 mph, early Saturday morning until Saturday afternoon.

Life-threatening storm surge possible, with the potential for 3-5 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas through Saturday afternoon.

Meteorologists say rough surf, coastal erosion, and life-threatening rip currents are possible.

NWS officials say 3-6 inches of rain is expected, with locally higher amounts possible.

There is also the possibility of tornadoes.

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