First Alert Forecast: storms likely, flooding possible

The National Weather Service has hoisted a Flash Flood Watch for the Cape Fear Region.
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 4:16 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:00 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Tuesday to you! One year ago today, Hurricane Isaias delivered a quick blitz of heavy rain, strong wind, and storm surge to the Cape Fear Region. Thankfully, no organized tropical systems are set to impact the Cape Fear Region, but a plume of plentiful tropical moisture is...

As this deep moisture pools and lifts along a stalled front, odds for showers and storms will be elevated for most of the forecast period: 80% Tuesday and Tuesday night, 70% Wednesday, 60% Thursday, 50% Friday, and 40% Saturday and Sunday. Impacts from this unsettled period will include...

- torrential downpours. Keep an eye on your WECT Weather App for flood bulletins and avoid poor-drainage areas in times of heavy rain.

- lowland ponding. With multi-day rainfall of 2 to 4 and locally 6+ inches, stay alert for possible pockets of more persistent flooding.

- severe thunderstorms. The overall setup for damaging gusts and spin-up tornadoes is low, but keep an eye on your WECT Weather App in case.

- a moderate risk of rip currents. “Beach weather” will be limited, but swim near a lifeguard and stay safe in the 83-degree surf!

- cooler than average temperatures. Catch a break from the recent heat wave with temperatures holding in the 70s and lower 80s through midweek.

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