Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 8:40 am

The National Weather Service out of Newport/Morehead City this morning said confidence of a prolonged period of heavy rainfall across eastern North Carolina later in the week is increasing, but there’s no major change in Hurricane Dorian’s possible track which still remains uncertain.  

The storm, upgraded Sunday morning to a catastrophic Category 5 storm with sustained wind speeds of 160 mph, struck the Abacos islands in the Bahamas. Dangerous widespread surf conditions and hazardous seas, including rip currents, will continue into next weekend. Dorian is expected to decrease in strength over the next 48 hours, but remain extremely dangerous. 

The threat of tropical storm force winds in the eastern North Carolina could begin Wednesday with heavy rains through Friday night. Details on these probabilities are dependent on the storm’s track and NWS will provide an update Sunday evening. 

Locally, today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with scattered thunderstorms possible, with a high of 84 degrees.

Follow the National Hurricane Center or its local Tropical Website which also has information from its social media channels.

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