Earl's Impact Timeline

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - People all over the Cape Fear Region have been asking what they can expect for their locations. The First Alert Weather Team lays it all out for you, based on the latest forecast track.

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This forecast is highly variable based on track fluctuations.

Thursday Morning
New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow

  • Clouds thicken, a few rain bands may be just offshore or moving onshore
  • Surf will be very rough
  • Winds will begin to become breezy
  • Some gusts will be higher in rainbands

Columbus, Bladen

  • Clouds will thicken
  • Winds will pick up to a stiff breeze


  • Rain from rainbands will begin to move across parts of the county
  • Winds will begin to become breezy
  • Some gusts may be higher in rainbands

Thursday Afternoon and Evening
Onslow, Pender

  • Rain may become heavy at times
  • 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall across the northeast parts of these counties.
  • Winds may approach tropical storm force, highest along the beaches
  • Seas will approach 5 to 8 feet, with 15 ft seas offshore
  • Earl makes closest approach around sunset

New Hanover

  • Rain bands from Earl will bring showery rain and some wind
  • Gusts will be higher in a few of the rain bands
  • Winds will be 20-30mph, and higher along the immediate beaches, should be just shy of tropical storm force. Gusts may be 35 to 45 mph, especially on the beaches.
  • 1/2 to 1 inch of rain are possible, with highest amounts on the north side of the county


  • Very rough surf, seas 5 to 7 ft
  • Showers may move through, especially on the north and east side of the county
  • Winds may gust during the squalls to 30-35 mph

Bladen, Columbus

  • Winds will become brisk, 10 to 20 mph, gusts to 30mph
  • Showers will be possible, especially on the east side of the counties
  • Winds may be higher in isolated rain showers


  • Rain will become heavy at times, especially on the east side of the county
  • 1 to 3 inches of rain could be possible
  • Winds will be brisk, gusting to 35 mph at times

Thursday Overnight
All Counties

  • Rain will end from west to east
  • Some showers still possible through Friday AM
  • Winds may remain brisk overnight through Friday AM

All Counties

  • Clear skies with light breezes remain, dwindling in the afternoon
  • Very hot conditions, especially inland. Highs 95-98 degrees
  • Front approaches from the west on Friday evening

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