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      Heavy rain at times, flood watch issued

      Tropical moisture continues to stream up the East Coast keeping the chance for occasional downpours and storms across our area. Excessive rainfall over the past few weeks have saturated the ground significantly. Periodic heavy rainfall again Friday and Saturday could produce 2-4 more inches of rain(some locally higher amounts possible) will add to that saturation increasing the concern for flooding across the area. Areas that are near the flooded rivers need to watch the water closely as all of the rain will runoff over the weekend potentially increasing the flooding for those areas. An Areal Flood Watch has been issued for our area and will remain in effect through Friday night.

      Do not try to drive through flooded roadways and watch for significant ponding on the roadways. A few storms will be possible with strong wind gusts that will be capable of knocking over trees with the very saturdated root system. Track the storms on or on your Android or iPhone using the CarolinaLive app.

      For those wondering about an "Areal" Flood Watch, these are issued when the rainfall is persisent over several hours and can cause gradual flooding in creeks, streams, flood prone or low-lying areas. Areal is the proper term because it refers to the area being covered and is the adjective form of Area.

      High pressure will push back into the area from our East heading into early next week. This will push the tropical moisture West therefore decreasing the rain chances. While a few afternoon storms will be possible inland next week, it will be much drier across the Carolinas. Temps will remain in the mid to upper 80s near the Beaches and low 90s Inland.

      The remnants of Tropical Storm Chantal will gradually work toward the East coast of Florida. There is a small window of redevelopment over the next day or so, Get the latest tropical updates during hurricane season at our Hurricane Central page.

      Today: Periods of heavy rain and storms likely at times, otherwise cloudy warm and humid. Highs: Low/Mid 80s.

      Tonight: Scattered rain possible otherwise cloudy warm and humid. Lows:Low to Mid 70s.

      Saturday: Scattered areas of heavy rain and storms, otherwise mostly cloudy warm and humid. Highs: Mid 80s.

      Sunday: Partly sunny with a few showers and storms possible. Still warm and humid. Highs: Mid/Upper 80s

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      F irst Alert Meteorologist Darren Stack has all of the details in your 7 day forecast. To post a comment, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Post a comment