Island Free Press: Three to six inches of rain possible through Friday

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Deep tropical moisture from distant Tropical Storm Eta is forecast to interact with a slow-moving cold front late tonight and tomorrow, resulting in widespread showers and a few thunderstorms, per a Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.

Heavy downpours are possible and could lead to localized flash flooding. The most likely period for flooding is Thursday, but heavier rainfall will begin late tonight. A widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain is forecast, but as much as 4 to 6 inches is possible closer to the coast.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all Eastern N.C. counties except the Outer Banks.

For more information on the local forecast, visit for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at

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