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The National Weather Service out of Morehead City is forecasting coastal flooding impacts expected for much of the Eastern N.C. coastline from a strengthening, and persistent, northeasterly onshore flow that will continue into Monday.
This will occur in tandem with the peak of the current king tide cycle, leading to elevated water levels for portions of coastal Eastern NC.
Confidence is increasing that water levels will reach, or slightly exceed, the levels seen over the past few days.
The greatest threats are expected to occur around Sunday morning and Monday morning high tide.
High tide will occur around 9 a.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. on Monday.
While Ocracoke is under a coastal flood advisory from 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 30) to 2 p.m. Monday, the Outer Banks in Dare County are under an oceanside coastal flood warning from 7 a.m. Sunday to 2 p.m. Monday.
Drivers are advised to check road conditions before traveling and can follow N.C. Highway 12 updates via the North Carolina Department of Transportation on Facebook at www.facebook/ncdotnc12, or by visiting drivenc.gov.
A high risk of rip currents is also expected for the next several days, which means that dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions exist, and beachgoers should stay out of the ocean.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for general weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.