UPDATE: Coastal flood warning in effect; rain totals reach 12 inches in Cape Fear region

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As meteorologists call for continued heavy rainfall, a flash flood warning is in effect for the Cape Fear region Monday morning. Photo by James Mieczkowski.
As meteorologists call for continued heavy rainfall, a flash flood warning is in effect for the Cape Fear region Monday morning. Photo by James Mieczkowski.

UPDATE: Monday, 2:30 p.m.

While a coastal flood warning is in effect until Monday evening, forecasters with the National Weather Service have released their unofficial rainfall totals for the Cape Fear region over the last three days.

According to a rain gauge report released by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Monday afternoon, many areas in Southeastern North Carolina already received more than 12 inches of rainfall between midnight, Friday, Oct. 2 through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

Areas in Wilmington saw between 10 and 12 inches of rain, with the highest total of nearly 13 inches in the Myrtle Grove area, according to NWS numbers. Areas in Brunswick County totaled between 10 and 18 inches of rain. The highest amount of rainfall hit the Sunset Beach area, with a total of nearly 19 inches of rain.

Pender County totaled between 4 and 10 inches of rain, with the highest rainfall total just over 10 inches in Topsail Beach. Click here for the full rainfall report for Southeastern North Carolina.

Although rainfall amounts lowered though the region Monday afternoon, fast moving showers are still possible, according to Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS. Gusty winds will also continue into Monday evening, with the potential for downed trees.

Forecasters have issued a coastal flood warning for New Hanover County until 7 p.m. Monday, according to the NWS. A coastal flood warning means flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action.

Approximately one foot of salt water will cover portions of Battleship Road and U.S.S. North Carolina Road, the warning states. Water Street in downtown Wilmington will be covered by up to a foot of water near its intersection with Market Street.

The American Red Cross shelter will open at Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Ave. in Wilmington at 4 p.m. Monday. In Brunswick County, a shelter remains open at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road NW in Shallotte.


A flash flood warning has been issued for the region for Monday morning.

The warning remains in effect until 11:45 a.m. Monday for New Hanover, Brunswick and surrounding counties, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS estimates one to two inches of rainfall each hour until noon in areas that have already been receiving as much as four inches of rain per hour.

Meteorologists warn of additional road closures and possible washouts. Areas that could see additional flooding Monday include Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Shallotte and Sunset Beach.

The NWS advises motorists to turn around when they encounter flooded roads, noting that most flood-related deaths occur in vehicles.

Flooding can also be reported to the NWS Wilmington office, (800) 697-3901.