After a wet June and early July, Tropical Storm Chantal could bring yet more rain to the Havelock area.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that the hurricane season’s third named storm was starting to weaken, but the remnants of the storm could impact Florida as well as the rest of the Southeast coast of the United States this weekend and early next week. The exact impacts will depend on the path and if it regains strength, which the hurricane center does not predict.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Chantal was barely a tropical storm with winds of 45 mph.
On the hurricane center’s predicted path, the remnants of the storm would track up through Florida, possibly emerge off the coast and then head inland again over Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina on Sunday. That could lead to an increase in the chance of rain for the area.
An approaching area of moisture not associated with the storm will increase rain chances to 70 percent Friday and 40 percent Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. Rain chances are 30 percent Sunday and Monday but could change depending on what’s left of Chantal.
Most of the area has been seeing above-average rainfall, anywhere from one inch to six inches depending on location. Several creeks and rivers have been at or above flood stages, though no major flooding has been reported.