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While the National Weather Service expects Tropical Storm Paulette to pass well to the east of Ocracoke, the island will feel impacts, especially dangerous surf conditions.
A long-period swell from this distant storm, which is heading toward Bermuda, will produce life-threatening rip currents, large waves and rough surf, according to a press release from the Newport/Morehead City office.
Paulette is expected to become a hurricane.
Ocean over wash and coastal flooding is also possible, especially from Cape Lookout north. The timing will be sometime early next week.
Localized heavy rain is possible right through the weekend, the NWS said.
If your area gets under one of these areas of rain, flooding is possible especially in poor drainage areas due to the high rate of rainfall, the press release said.
As can be seen in the graphic below, concurrent with the peak of hurricane season, the tropics are quite active.
The NWS reminds all to ensure you have both a hurricane kit and plan. For resources visit our hurricane preparedness page.