The current forecast continues to place what is now Tropical Storm Idalia further off of North Carolina’s coast at a slightly faster pace than previously expected, thus accelerating the arrival of improving conditions for our area. These changes are described below.
Most of Beaufort County to include Washington, Chocowinity, Old Ford and Belhaven received 1 1/2 to 3 inches of rain overnight. Localized higher amounts of 4 to 5 inches are being reported in Pinetown and Aurora.
The heaviest rains are now moving off shore. The light rain that we are currently receiving is expected to continue through 11am, before reducing to scattered showers and eventually ending around 6 p.m.
Our current winds conditions (North sustained 15 to 25 with gusts of 30 to 40) will continue through 6 p.m. this afternoon.
North winds sustained between 10 and 15 mph will continue through 5 p.m. tomorrow. Frequent gusts of 15 to 20 mph are possible between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Most of our shorelines are currently experiencing 2 to 3 feet of surge. These levels are expected to continue through the early afternoon and recede to near normal overnight.
Severe Storms & Tornados
The tornado watch has been canceled for our area with no other threats of severe weather forecasted..
The National Weather Service will be hosting a webinar to discuss Idalia’s forecast at 11: 30 a.m. Thursday. Use this link to register.
There will be no further updates pertaining to this storm.