Tropical disturbance to bring weekend rain

Posted July 18, 2008 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2008 5:21 p.m. EDT

— An area of low pressure sitting over the Atlantic just off the coast of Georgia slowly drifting northward is expected to bring rain to North Carolina’s eastern coastline this weekend.

The system will skirt the coast on Saturday and Sunday, causing showers and some thunderstorms in the state. The most widespread chance of rain will be closer to the coast and east of Interstate 95. Coastal areas could see a few inches of rain from the system on Saturday.

The tropical disturbance caused rain in some portions of central North Carolina on Friday afternoon. Heavy rain moved into Raleigh during the early evening hours.

In Topsail Beach, N.C. the disturbance caused what appeared to be a waterspout around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The disturbance is rotating too far to the east for any significant rainfall to affect the Triangle area.

Temperatures in Friday reached into the low 90s.

High temperatures on Saturday were expected in the upper 80s, possibly reaching 90.

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