Tropical storm warning issued for NC coast

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Irma is expected to Form Monday off N.C. coast.

RALEIGH – A tropical storm warning has been issued for much of N.C.’s coastline. On Monday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said that Tropical Storm Irma, currently called Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten, is expected to form within hours off the southern N.C. coast. The warning  stretches from Surf City to Duck in North Carolina.

Forcasters say that Wilmington and surrounding areas could see as much as eight inches of rain by early Tuesday with the storm moving across the coastal areas.  Regions as far inland as the Triangle are expected to see high winds and rain from Irma. The tropical storm warning brings with it flash flood warnings as well.


The storm comes as Houston, Texas is in the midst of more than 2,000 high-water rescues and widespread massive flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which stalled over the city. Harvey dropped 15 to 30 inches of rain over the weekend.  Flood waters are supposed to peak there on Wednesday.

Texas National Guard soldiers assist citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. Aug. 27, 2017. Picture taken August 27, 2017. Lt. Zachary West/U.S. Texas Military Department