First Alert Forecast: Tracking Josephine, Kyle and an active local forecast

Your First Alert Forecast from Sat. morning, Aug. 15, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Saturday to you! Thanks for checking in to your First Alert Forecast. This time of year, tropical systems rightly steal a large portion of the weather narrative and, this weekend, your First Alert Weather Team will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Josephine. As Josephine chugs through open Atlantic waters it will battle, and perhaps succumb to, some harsh bursts of wind shear. As of now...

- odds that Josephine will bring direct rain and storms to the Cape Fear Region continue to appear low.

- odds that Josephine will bring significant wind and storm surge to the Cape Fear Region continue to appear low.

- odds that Josephine will help generate surf and extra rip currents to area beaches, mainly next week, are medium to high.

Tropical Storm Kyle formed late Friday afternoon in northwest Atlantic. It is currently located off the mid Atlantic coast and is rapidly pulling away from the Carolinas. It will not have any impact on SE NC weather or surf.

Meanwhile, your forecast for the Cape Fear Region will be a day worth your weather-awareness as more generous upper-level energy may give some of the pop-up storms a little extra gusto. As usual, the chief threats with any cells will be torrential rain, cloud-to-ground lightning, and briefly gusty winds. It’s also possible one or two of these storms produces severe storms. Under or near any storms, you may expect temperatures to dive to the 70s but, apart from storms, readings ought to be able to surge through the 80s.

In your longer-range forecast, you might also note relatively lower storm odds for Monday and Tuesday and, through the entire period, an absence of excessive heat with 70s and 80s far more common than 90s. Take care!

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