WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Thursday evening to you! Your First Alert Weather Team continues to track Eta as it races off the Carolina coast overnight. Ahead of the storm, a tropical moisture plume combined with an approaching cold front to produce widespread 3-5 inch rainfall totals over the region. Near Tar Heel in northwest Bladen County it appears as much as 7-8 inches of rain fell. This area was under a Flash Flood Warning this afternoon.
In the coming hours showers will wind down as a cold front will sweep the tropical moisture plume and Eta away from southeast North Carolina. After a few morning showers Friday will feature decreasing clouds and highs in the lower 70s. Look for a nice weekend with plenty of sun and low rain chances over the region. A sharp cool down is on tap for early next week.
The raucous 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues with not just Eta. In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Theta will swirl between the Azores and Cape Verde island chains Thursday and Friday. Thankfully, Theta poses zero threat to North America. And in the Caribbean Sea, a tropical wave of low pressure has a chance to organize into a new tropical storm named Iota later this week. November is, statistically, one of the least active months of Atlantic Hurricane Season, but such statistical norms do not seem to matter in 2020.
Count on your First Alert Weather Team to continue to monitor the tropics and, of course, your local forecast. And your seven-day outlook for Wilmington - posted here - features a trend toward drier and cooler weather. Check it out! ...or set your sights even further with a ten-day forecast on your WECT Weather App.