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A strong area of low pressure is expected to cross eastern North Carolina on Sunday bringing a range of hazards to the Outer Banks, per an update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office.

Severe thunderstorms are possible across all of eastern North Carolina, with the highest threat of storms occurring early Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. Damaging winds and an isolated tornado or two are the main risks.

Strong southerly to southwesterly winds with gusts up to 40-45 mph are expected starting Sunday afternoon, and could result in minor water rises across the northern Pamlico Sound, (up to 1 to 2 feet), and coastal waterways west of Cape Lookout.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected Sunday night into Monday, especially for beaches south of Cape Hatteras. A high risk of rip currents is forecast through the weekend, and a Gale Watch is in effect on Sunday until 11:00 p.m. for mariners.

For more information on the local forecast, visit for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at



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