Hurricane Sandy is not expected to make landfall in North Carolina.


Hurricane Sandy is not expected to make landfall in North Carolina, but some of the stormís effects could be felt beginning late Friday.



Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Sandyís exact path is somewhat uncertain, but landfall in North Carolina was not expected as of the 11 a.m. advisory on Thursday.



Still, the uncertainty of the track has officials uncertain of the exact effects in the area.



One certainty, however, is the potential for flooding along the coast. With the storm off the coast, water levels are expected to rise in the sounds, Neuse River and associated creeks but to what degree remains dependent on the stormís exact path.



The National Weather Service in Newport expects most of the coastal flooding to occur in the southern sections of Pamlico Sound and on east facing beaches north of Cape Lookout. Water levels could rise 1 to 3 feet in the southern Pamlico Sound, and 1 to 2 feet in the Neuse River.



Rainfall is likely, with as much as 5 inches along the coast if the storm is closer to the area, but the more likely scenario is 1 to 3 inches of rain. The intensity of any wind is still uncertain. The highest winds are expected to be confined to the coastal areas, with predictions of 30 and 40 mph winds the more likely scenario.



Boaters will want to avoid going offshore as winds and seas are expected to increase. Rip currents along the beaches are likely.



For now, weather officials are asking residents to continue monitoring the storm for updates. No watches or warnings had been issued for the area as of 11 a.m. Thursday.



As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Sandy had maximum winds of 105 mph and was moving north through the Bahamas. The storm is expected to slowly weaken but remain a hurricane as it moves off the coast of North Carolina Sunday and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.