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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The weather pattern that delivered drenching rain and flooding to Texas and the southern Plains during May will soak the Southeast states for the next week or two.
Tuesday is slated to be an active day in the northern Plains as severe thunderstorms impact the region.
Accompanying the start of Meteorological Summer will be wet weather and the risk of flooding in the Northeast as well as unseasonably cool conditions in New England.
Heavy rain and robust storms led to flash flooding and structural damage across the Northeast as May drew to a close.
A brief period of tranquil weather will occur across the United Kingdom and neighboring northern Europe during the middle of the week.
June through August will feature the return of needed rain and mountain snow to central Chile. Meanwhile, dryness will persist across drought-stricken northern Brazil.
Scorching temperatures in South Carolina and Georgia. Charleston set an all-time record high of 106 while Savannah set an all-time record for June of 104.
Devastating tornado outbreak kills 9 and injures 250. A man holding onto a mattress was thrown 100 feet.
Washington, DC (1889)
Great flood on the Potomac took out a span of the Long Bridge -- stage not equalled until March 1936.