WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Wednesday evening to you – through the rest of the evening and into the overnight we will continue to see tropical downpours and occasional thunderstorms over southeast North Carolina. Overnight lows, which are suppose to be in the 40s this time of year, will only fall back into the 70s due to a tropical airmass over the area. Thursday’s weather will likely be worse as an approaching cool front will link up with tropical moisture due to Tropical Storm Eta to our south. Widespread three inch plus rainfall totals are likely over the region, especially during the afternoon with isolated higher amounts. This means localized flooding and hazardous driving conditions are possible. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southeast North Carolina into Thursday evening. Tropical Storm Eta or its remnants quickly slide by the Carolina Coast early Friday with rapidly improving conditions once the system passes.
Expect leftover showers on Friday followed by drying and some cooling headed into the weekend. Highs will be in the lower and middle 70s this weekend with 50s for lows.
We also have our eyes on Tropical Storm Theta in the middle of the Atlantic, which is no threat, and another strong tropical wave in the Caribbean that could develop in the coming days.
Notice in your seven-day forecast for Wilmington – posted here – how cooler and drier air may finally return to the Cape Fear Region by early next week. Check it out! ...and feel free to extend your outlook to ten days for any location you choose with your WECT Weather App. Thanks for trusting your First Alert Weather Team!