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    Sandy Continues to Soak, Whip North Carolina

    By , Senior Meteorologist
    October 29, 2012; 5:06 AM ET
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    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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