EASTERN NC - As Hurricane Isaac tracks to make landfall along the Gulf Coast, effects from that storm are expected in Eastern North Carolina starting Tuesday.
Since the storm that is so big, the bands are still feeding from east of Florida. One of those feeder bands is pushing north into Eastern North Carolina.
Showers and thunderstorms will move in from the south with heavy rain likely this afternoon and overnight tonight into tomorrow. About 1-2 inches of rain is expected for all of Eastern North Carolina with some isolated 3-4 inch spots. Localized flooding is likely with these storms.
Isaac is massive and is expected to make landfall early Wednesday on the Mississippi-Louisiana coastline. As much as 20 inches of rain is expected for the coast between today and Saturday along with a maximum 12-foot storm surge. Mandatory evacuations spanned from Louisiana to Alabama with Tropical Storm warnings as far east as Florida. The slow-moving storm will downgrade quickly after landfall back to a tropical depression.
Then the storm is expected to will pick up speed and move north through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.
Hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30. The tropics continue to crank out new areas of investigation. There are two areas of investigation in the Atlantic right now that we are tracking. The first is 1,120 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. It is moving northwest at 10-15 mph. It has a 30% chance of organizing and developing into a tropical depression in the next 2 days. Behind it (farther southeast), another batch of storms is firing up near the Cape Verde islands. Currently the storms are tracking west at 10-15 miles per hour and have a 10% chance of upgrading to a Tropical Depression in the next 2 days.