Heavy rain expected, Flood Watches through Friday

Reported by Robb Ellis - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (AP/WECT) - The remnants of Tropical Depression Ida are expected to dump heavy rain across the Cape Fear region through Friday.

According to First Alert Meteorologist Robb Ellis, Ida could bring as much as 3 to 5 inches of heavy rain to the Coastal Carolinas. By late Tuesday night, already about an inch of rain fell across western Bladen County, and as much as a third of an inch fell at Wilmington International Airport.

The heaviest rain is expected Wednesday around midday. A brief lull in the rain may provide some relief late Wednesday night, but heavier rain is expected Thursday as a coastal low redevelops from Ida's remnants, and moves up the Carolina coast.

The forecast for heavy rain has prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flood Watches for the entire viewing area. The Flood Watches will be in effect from 1AM Wednesday morning through 1AM Friday morning. A Flood Watch means that conditions are possible in which heavy rain could lead to flooding of roadways, creeks, stream, and ditches.  Click here for information on how to prepare for a flood.

Tropical Storm Ida came ashore near Mobile Bay in southern Alabama Tuesday morning, leaving weather-hardened Gulf Coast residents largely unscathed and bringing more rain to the already-soaked Southeast.

Check the NOAA site for a precipitation forecast

Here is a First Alert Forecast for the next few days:

Wednesday – Flooding Concern and Breezy

Rain will be ongoing from the previous evening. What’s left of Ida may move into the Atlantic where it could become a “Nor’easter” along the coast. This means a windy, wet scenario for us.

Thursday – Wind and Rain

A developing coastal low will continue to dump even more rain across coastal NC with winds increasing to 20 to 25 mph, gusting to as high as 35 mph.

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