Heavy rain early in week should clear out by 4th

By on July 1, 2013

(NASA satellite photo)

(NASA satellite photo)

Residents in nearly half of North Carolina’s counties, including the northeastern region, are being told to stay alert for possible flash flooding as a pattern of frequent heavy rain continues into the new week.

Several inches of rain are expected on top of saturated soil, and all of northeastern North Carolina is under a flash flood watch until Tuesday morning.

Moisture from the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico is being pulled from the south by a large area of low pressure in a pattern forecasters say is unusual for this time of year.

Forty-nine counties were under a flash flood watch, most of them through Tuesday, with some of the worst flooding in Chapel Hill and Durham.

The National Weather Service says Wilmington, with 11.46 inches of rain this month, nearly reached the June record of 12.87 inches set in 1962.

For the Outer Banks, showers and possibly a thunderstorm are forecast for today with some producing heavy rainfall.

Chances of showers and thunderstorms will continue through Tuesday night before some improvement by Wednesday.

Skies are expected to clear for Thursday, July 4.

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