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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Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
Severe storms will fire up Tuesday afternoon and evening, threatening outdoor activities and travel for many.
Powerful winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous mudslides will threaten Taiwan on Wednesday as Matmo moves across the island.
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