First Alert Forecast: Marco makes landfall, storms and heat to end August

Your First Alert Forecast from Mon. Evening, Aug. 24, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Greetings, everyone! Storms Laura and Marco are rightly stealing headlines this Monday as they target the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline. Marco made landfall as a Tropical Storm at 6 p.m. CDT near the mouth of the Mississippi River and has since weakened into a Tropical Depression. Laura will be the next storm to watch, potentially strengthening into a hurricane by early Tuesday.

The focus now shifts to Laura and what that will mean for the Cape Fear Region...

Direct rain, wind, and surge: The distant track of Laura will, thankfully, preclude these impacts here. Keep those impacted more directly in your thoughts and prayers. It will be rough for some!

Heavy surf and rip currents: Since Laura tracked at least partially north of the Caribbean islands, increased swell will convert to two to four-foot breakers and a moderate rip current risk through Tuesday.

Remnant rain: Laura will jam moisture into the Deep South. While the vast majority of this moisture will bypass the Carolinas, some may very indirectly bleed in to bolster pop-up storm chances this weekend.

Mercifully, no other systems in the Atlantic Basin pose a quantifiable or definable threat to North America right now. Please remain alert and prepared into September, though! All you need:

Your First Alert Forecast for the Cape Fear Region features variable clouds and odds from 30% Monday night to 50% Tuesday for a shower or heavy storm. Amid light south breezes, temperatures will run from the steamy middle 70s to the middle 80s.

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