Michael spurs flash flood watch; ECPPS to release early


From staff reports

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A flash flood watch remains in effect for the Albemarle as a weakened Tropical Storm Michael continues its northeasterly path toward North Carolina.

Torrential rainfall is still expected over a six- to eight-hour period this afternoon and evening from the storm that, as of 5 a.m., was moving near the Georgia-South Carolina border, the National Weather Service said. Michael is expected to cross the region tonight and move off the coast early Friday as a post-tropical cyclone.

Three area school districts have already decided to end school early today because of Michael. Both the Perquimans County Schools and Edenton-Chowan Schools announced Wednesday they will release students at 1 p.m. today. The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools originally planned to operate on a normal schedule today but said this morning it, too, will release students two hours early.

According to the weather service, Michael will interact with an approaching cold front as it moves offshore. The mixture of the storm with cooler drier air is expected to bring a strong surge of north to northwest winds overnight into Friday. A wind advisory will be in effect for the region from 6 p.m. today until noon on Friday.

Bands of heavy rain accompanying Michael will bring the risk of flash flooding, the weather service said. A flash flood watch will be in effect from 2 p.m. today until 8 a.m. on Friday. Also a coastal flood advisory will be in effect from 4 p.m. today until 8 a.m. on Friday. However, because of the speed the storm, widespread coastal flooding isn’t expected.

Michael also will bring the risk of isolated tornadoes across northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this afternoon and evening, forecasters said.