The Havelock area is under a tropical storm warning as Sandy moves off the coast of North Carolina.


Craven County Schools will be delayed two hours on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy continues to move away from the area.



Sunday was another day of wind and rain in the Havelock area as the storm moved up the East Coast off North Carolina.



The consistent rain that has fallen for the last two days was beginning to move out of the area at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, but Scott Kennedy, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, said bands from Hurricane Sandy may continue to move in to the Havelock through the night and into Monday morning.



"It will be lighter at times, but then you're still going to get these bands that will have heavier rain and higher wind," he said.



Wind gusts have decreased throughout Sunday from overnight, when winds peaked at 48 mph at Cherry Point, according to the weather service. As of 4 p.m., Sunday, 2.34 inches of rain had fallen at Cherry Point.



Though not as strong, the wind is still pushing around water in the Pamlico Sound, Neuse River and associated creeks. Kennedy said water was 4 feet above normal at Clubfoot Creek and 5 1/2 feet above normal on the Neuse River at Cherry Branch, resulting in some minor flooding. Soundside flooding is also reported in Ocracoke Village.



Kennedy said the weather service has not received any reports of major damage.



Progress Energy reports only sporadic power outages.



Forecasters expect the rain taper off Sunday night with just a 50 percent chance of showers overnight and a 30 percent chance of rain Monday morning. Winds will also decrease, but forecasters expect breezy conditions will remain through mid-week.



"It's going to be around for a while," Kennedy said.



Sandy is expected to become post-tropical but remain powerful as it curves northwest, with an eventual landfall expected along the New Jersey coast.



With the storm, Havelock canceled its Operation Safe Halloween event originally planned for Sunday.



The N.C. Department of Transportation suspended ferry service at Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach.



Once the storm clears, cooler conditions are predicted for the week. The weather service predicts a high temperature near 60 on Monday and in the middle and upper 50s through the week, with a slight warmup into the middle and upper 60s by next weekend. Low temperatures are predicted to be around 40, so a frost is not expected.