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The National Weather Service today updated its forecast this morning and severe weather, including the possibility of tornadoes, is expected to begin late Thursday afternoon (March 18) across eastern North Carolina.

The Storm Prediction Center has an Ehanced Risk for the Outer Banks. All severe hazards remain possible, including wind gusts that could lead to structural damage, trees down/uprooted, power outages and large hail in excess of one inch in diameter. A few tornadoes could be strong.

The Outer Banks can expect northerly wind gusts up to 45 to 50 mph with possible beach erosion and ocean overwash.

Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible for several locations adjacent to inland sounds and tidal rivers.  w

On Friday, a strong cold front will push across the region bringing strong northerly winds. This could lead to minor to moderate coastal flooding for portions of sound side Outer Banks and tidal tributaries, and ocean overwash across the northern Outer Banks.

Gale warnings, wind advisories and coastal flood watches have been issued in anticipation of the strong winds Friday into the weekend.

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