Flash flood watch also in effect

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for the area as Hurricane Hermine is expected to make a run up the East Coast.

The hurricane should weaken as it tracks through Georgia and South Carolina after landfall in Florida, but heavy rain is expected, as much as 8 inches. The area is under a flash flood watch.

The National Hurricane Center's projected path puts the center of the storm over Craven County around 7 a.m. Saturday. It is expected to produce gusty winds, possibly of tropical storm strength of at least 40 mph.

However, the biggest threat from the storm could be flooding from predicted heavy rain. The National Weather Service in Newport expects 5 to 8 inches of rain from late Thursday into late Saturday when the storm is expected to move out of the area. Some areas could get up to 10 inches of rain.

Though the exact path of the storm could shift slight from predictions, the weather service expects at least minor to moderate impacts from the storm. Gusts could reach as high as 50 mph, according to the weather service, with the strongest winds likely Friday night into early Saturday morning.