Harvey's remnants could bring 'copious' rain to NC

Posted August 29

— Impacts were minimal Tuesday as a tropical system off the coast of North Carolina never fully developed, but the remnants of Hurricane Harvey could bring wet weather to the state later this week.

Parts of the North Carolina coast were under tropical storm watches and warnings from Sunday through Tuesday, but the system that moved up the coast never strengthened as expected and brought significantly less rain to the state than what was originally forecast.

"The heavy rain remained pretty much offshore and right along the Outer Banks," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Wednesday will begin with mostly cloudy skies, but during the afternoon hours, some areas could see sun. That likely won't last long as Harvey's remnants threaten to bring wet weather for several days.

"But as we head into Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday some of the moisture from Harvey could head our way. We could get more out of Harvey than we did from the system that was off our coast."

Harvey is expected to once again make landfall over Louisiana overnight and will continue to move to the northeast in the coming days.

Rain from the system will approach North Carolina on Thursday and while the center of circulation from the storm- which is expected to weaken into a tropical depression- will remain to the north and west of the state, Maze said Harvey will likely bring "copious" amounts of rain to the area Friday as it interacts with a frontal boundary.

"It could be a wet Football Friday. Make sure you have those ponchos ready if you're going to be sitting out on the bleachers," he said.

The Triangle could see more than 2 inches of rain by time the system moves out, Maze said.

Rain will likely continue through Saturday morning, Maze said, but things should dry out in time for Labor Day.

"The holiday weekend as a whole shouldn't be all that bad, but on Saturday there is that chance of rain," Maze said.

Meteorologists are also monitoring a tropical storm off the coast of Africa that has an 80 percent chance of developing into Tropical Storm Irma in the coming days, but current models show that system will not impact North Carolina.

"We have many, many days to watch this to see what will happen," Maze said.


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