While the worst of the Sandy has yet to come, the hurricane will continue to soak and whip eastern North Carolina this weekend.
Sandy will remain more than a hundred miles offshore, but is passing close enough to deliver rain and minimal tropical storm-force wind gusts to eastern North Carolina and neighboring northeastern South Carolina.
The steadiest rain will remain east of the Raleigh-Durham area.
The rain will gradually end in a southwest to northeast fashion across northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina into Sunday as Sandy continues its journey to the northeast.
However, Sandy's extremely unusual curve back into the Northeast after the weekend will prevent North Carolina's northeastern corner from drying out for Monday.
The rain will instead persist and push totals to 2 to 4 inches, heightening concerns for flash flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.
Winds will occasionally gust to 40 to 60 mph across eastern North Carolina into Monday evening, but will top that 60-mph threshold in the far northeast starting Sunday.
With the gusty winds, comes the danger of coastal flooding.
The immediate concern for winds driving waters onshore exists at the north- to northeast-facing beaches, leading to a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet along the northern Outer Banks and the Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.
The winds will shift by the end of Sunday, bringing the threat of coastal flooding to the northwest-facing coastal points.
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As the sun begins to sink down beneath the horizon Thursday evening, the moon will partially eclipse the fiery star and cast a narrow shadow upon the Earth.
What was an already difficult ridge climb for accomplished ice climber Caroline George had suddenly turned scary and treacherous.
A new moon will allow for the perfect background for the Orionid Meteor Shower, set to peak on Tuesday Oct. 21 and into the morning of Oct. 22.
Showers may make an appearance at several of this year's World Series games in both Kansas City and in San Francisco.
Storms, including Ana, are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia.
Attention in the tropics will turn to the swath from southeastern Mexico to Cuba and Florida, where a new tropical system may form late this week.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.
Salano's Storm prevented Spanish admiral from attacking Pensacola.