County under a flash flood watch

Published 8:18 pm Monday, April 24, 2017

Beaufort County and surrounding areas will remain under a flash flood watch until at least 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Rain showers will increase in coverage this afternoon and continue into early Tuesday morning. The rain may be heavy at times will occasional thunderstorms. The episodes of heavy rain will lead to a potential for flash flooding. Storm total rainfall of 2 to 3 inches is expected, with locally higher amounts up to 5 inches possible.

Flash flooding is especially dangerous at night, as it is very difficult to see the depth of water on roads. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

The National Weather Service also issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from 10 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday. Water-level rises of 1 to 2 feet are expected to produce minor flooding adjacent to the Neuse and Pamlico rivers. A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to produce minor flooding of low areas along the inland rivers.