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The original item was published from 6/20/2021 9:25:57 AM to 6/21/2021 9:05:03 AM.
Posted on: June 20, 2021
[ARCHIVED] Tropical Storm Warning in Effect
Area Will See Impacts from Claudette Today and Early Tomorrow
From the 5:09 am Hurricane Local Statement from the National Weather Service Office in Morehead City, North Carolina..
Tropical Depression Claudette will move across the Southeast today and is expected to track across eastern North Carolina as a minimal Tropical Storm tonight, and move offshore tomorrow morning. Heavy rain bands and embedded thunderstorms from this system will lead to the threat of flash flooding across the area tonight through tomorrow morning. Additionally, a few tornadoes will be possible beginning this afternoon and continuing into tomorrow morning, which could lead to locally enhanced damage. Tropical storm force winds are expected across coastal sections of eastern North Carolina. This could lead to some downed trees and scattered power outages. Minor storm surge flooding of 1 to 3 feet above ground will be possible along sound-side locations of the Outer Banks and mainland counties adjacent to northern portions of the Pamlico Sound. Additional storm surge flooding of 1 to 2 feet above ground will be possible across Bogue Sound, and the into the lower New and White Oak rivers. Overwash of dunes and flooding of properties and roadways will also be possible for locations where dune structures are weak.
The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of next week.
Dangerous marine conditions are also expected, with strong winds and seas building to 7 to 10 feet creating treacherous conditions for mariners.
The greatest threats are anticipated to be heavy rain with the potential for flash flooding, isolated tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, and minor coastal flooding.
The threat of rip currents will be heightened and beachgoers are advised to heed all surf zone advisories.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor updated weather forecasts as there remains uncertainty with the exact track and strength of the system. Updated information is available from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service office .