Heavy rainfall, tropical storm conditions likely later this week

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The Cape Fear region can expect to see heavy rainfall tonight through the end of the week–possibly building to tropical storm force–as an area of low pressure moves toward the North Carolina coast.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), that area of low pressure is moving north from the Bahamas. Meteorologists believe the storm will make landfall at the North and South Carolina border, bringing with it the potential for significant rain the rest of this week and into the weekend.

Forecasters say there is a 60 percent chance of a tropical or sub-tropical storm hitting New Hanover County over the next several days, but that will depend on the course of the storm.

“If the storm tracks farther west (closer to the coast) then heavy rainfall, potential for flooding and squalls with gusty winds would be expected. If the track remains offshore, or we are dealing with a weaker low, then impacts would be very little. Otherwise, the risk for strong rip currents will be increasing later in the week and this weekend,” NWS forecasters said.

As seas will likely increase across coastal waters through the weekend, NWS says small craft advisories may be in place by Thursday.

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