Saturday, June 15, 2024

Large hail and strong winds possible in Cape Fear Region tonight, coastal flood advisory issued

A break from the storm gave some relief before it got worse (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Flooding in parts of the lower Cape Fear Rive can be expected this week. (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a coastal flood advisory for the region as isolated storms are predicted to start in the afternoon into the evening, hail and wind damages are possible.

While the forecast is calling for warmer temperatures this week, with highs reaching the 80s and plenty of sunshine, the threat of storms is still there.

“There is a marginal risk for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into early evening, with the primary threats being large hail and damaging wind gusts,” according to the National Weather Service.

The region most at risk, according to NWS, is the lower Cape Fear Region including Downtown Wilmington, especially during high tide (which will be around 11 p.m.).

High tides are nothing new for Wilmington and before any rain fell on Monday, there was already water covering the roads in Wilmington according to the NWS.

“North of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, one spot on Battleship Road is covered with water about three inches deep. The westbound lane of USS North Carolina Road is covered with water up to six inches deep. In downtown Wilmington, about a block of Water Street just south of Market Street is covered with about three inches of water,” according to the advisory.

The threat of hail and storms should pass early this week.

“There is a marginal risk for strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon into early evening, with the primary threats being large hail and damaging wind gusts. Minor flooding at downtown Wilmington tide gauge possible with each high tide cycle through at least Wednesday,” according to the NWS.


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