Hopefully, you packed your rain gear this morning.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. issued a flash flood watch Tuesday morning in effect until Wednesday evening for Horry, Georgetown, Brunswick County, N.C., and some surrounding areas, according to a briefing from Rachel Gross-Zouzias with the NWS.
Multiple rounds of thunderstorms and downpours are expected to plague parts of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina, Gross-Zouzias states in the Tuesday morning brief.
Flooding is the main threat forecast for the area, but other hazardous severe weather is possible including a small chance for tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds. Coastal South Carolina is the region under the most threat by the storms, weather authorities.
When the watch was initially issued, forecasters set it to expire at 2 a.m. Wednesday; however, the watch was extended Tuesday afternoon to last through Wednesday evening.
Tuesday morning, some areas had already seen 2 to 4 inches of rainfall, and forecasters said another 2 to 4 inches could swamp the advisory areas with even higher amounts possible in some places, according to a previously-issued advisory.
“The potential for flash flooding will be highest in areas of poor drainage. Urban areas will be most susceptible to flash flooding,” according to alert issued Tuesday afternoon.