Forecasters predict 40 mph winds, up to 6 inches of rain for Havelock area

Hurricane sandy

Predicted track for hurricane Sandy

National Hurricane Center
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 09:35 AM.

Parts of coastal North Carolina are under a tropical storm watch, as Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the East Coast.

Havelock was not in the watch area as of 2 p.m. on Friday. The watch means that tropical storm force winds of 40 mph or higher are possible within 36 hours.

The biggest effects from the storm will likely be felt from Saturday through Monday.

According to the National Weather Service in Newport, the Havelock area will likely see winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph as Sandy moves well off the coast of North Carolina. Higher gusts up to 50 mph may be possible Sunday.

Residents are being advised to secure outdoor furniture, trash cans and other items, as well as Halloween decorations that could blow away or be damaged in the wind.

Rainfall in the area over the course of the storm through Monday is predicted to be 4 to 6 inches, which could result in flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Water levels are expected to rise in the Pamlico Sound, Neuse River and associated creeks. Predictions call for 3 to 5 feet of water level rise, creating the potential for flooding.

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