Flood watch: Hurricane Matthew could dump up to 15 inches of rain on Cape Fear Region

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The National Weather Service is predicting a little more than 15 inches of rain for our coast due to Hurricane Matthew. (courtesy photo)
The National Weather Service is predicting a little more than 15 inches of rain for our coast due to Hurricane Matthew. (courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the Cape Fear region. The latest track on Hurricane Matthew by the National Weather Service shows an increase in winds, rainfall and storm surge.

In the National Weather Service’s 2 p.m. official track of the storm, Matthew continues along the South Carolina Coast as a Category 2 Hurricane and passes south of Cape Fear as a Category 1 Hurricane on Saturday evening. At that time, forecasters expect the storm is expected to make its closest approach to the region.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday. Forecasters say life-threatening flash flooding is possible, especially Saturday and Saturday night as the storm moves into the area. Rainfall amounts are expected to be as much as 15 inches and storm surge could reach 4 feet.

Do not drive through any flooded areas. Gusty winds could also lead to downed trees and subsequent power outages, especially given saturated ground conditions from heavy rain. Winds will be strongest across the area Saturday and Saturday night.

For the latest Wilmington area forecast, visit the National Weather Service website.