Flood watch issued until 2 a.m. Friday

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Map from NWS Wilmington showing area under a flash flood watch.
Map from NWS Wilmington showing area under a flash flood watch.

As rain continues to fall in the area, the National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a flash flood watch for the region until 2 a.m. Friday.

According to meteorologist Michael Colby, the watch covers all eastern coastal counties. Between 2 to 3 inches of rain have fallen since late Wednesday night, with a couple more anticipated Thursday night.

“We’ve got a good bit of rain coming tonight,” said Colby. “Everybody is wet. Flooding can occur anywhere; it just depends on which areas get the most rain.”

The storm front that has brought rain, wind and a few scattered thunderstorms to the Cape Fear region caused destruction in neighboring states, with tornados reported in Tennessee and South Carolina. Colby, however, said Wilmington will be spared that.

“The low pressure system near us is forming offshore rather than to our west, so we won’t get any of that,” Colby said. “It’s really just a rain event for us.”

In addition to more precipitation, Colby said residents will also see cooler temperatures. Though the weather has been warm since Sunday, with spring-like temperatures in the 70s, Colby said the next  few days will see highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s, which is average for this time of year.

The rain is expected to end just before daybreak Friday morning.