Eastern North Carolina is under a flash flood watch and a Tropical Storm Warning as now Tropical Storm Michael is expected to cross interior portions of Eastern NC 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. The strong southwest winds combined with high astronomical tides will result in some minor oceanside and sound side flooding.
Storm surge of up to two feet above ground is possible within surge prone areas through Friday morning for Carteret, Craven, Beaufort, Pamlico, and mainland Dare and Hyde counties. Storm surge up to three feet is possible for Onslow County.
An additional 1-3 inches of rain is possible, with heavier rain farther inland. Peak winds of 35-40 miles per hour with higher gusts, greater than 50 mph along the coast. Isolated tornadoes will be possible this afternoon through early tonight.
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.