Storm off Southeast coast heads for Carolinas
The storm should come ashore around midnight near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. Winds should diminish after raking the eastern and central parts of North Carolina.Posted — Updated
The storm's center was just off the coast near North Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 11 p.m. EDT.
“The system is headed very close to the North Carolina-South Carolina border and should finally move inland in a few hours. We will continue to get rain and some stiff breezes around the Triangle well into Friday,” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said late Thursday.
Light rain fell across parts of the Triangle Thursday afternoon, and periods of heavy rain and possibly isolated thunderstorms were forecast for the evening, when the storm moves inland, bringing up to 1.5 inches of rain to the area by Friday morning.
Temperatures Friday will be around 60, with more showers in the afternoon and highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, Fishel said.
The vehicle was eventually towed out of the water. Nags Head police say the driver was cited for driving on the beach while it was closed.
"Lake Erie doesn't do this very often," said Linda Schweikert, 62, a retired teacher. "It is pretty."
"Once the center of the storm does get over land it will start to lose its punch," Steve said. "But it's a bad idea to key too much on the center of the storm because the affects are being felt far away from the center."
Minor flooding was reported along the coast from South Carolina to Virginia, with the storm stirring a nighttime high tide and dumping as much as 3.6 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kyle formed Thursday in the Atlantic about 645 miles south of Bermuda. The storm is headed to the north and could strengthen in the next couple of days, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
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