Moderate coastal flooding is possible on Friday into Saturday as Hurricane Florence approaches the North Carolina coast.

A Beach hazards statement and a high rip current risk remain in effect until 8 PM this evening. A coastal flood watch in effect from Friday morning through Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Coastal Flood Watch, which is in effect from Friday morning through
Saturday evening.

The rip current threat is for Virginia Eastern Shore Beaches. The coastal flood watch is for the Chesapeake Bay side of the Eastern Shore.

The high risk for rip currents continues all day today, and will likely continue through into the weekend. The coastal flood watch will begin for moderate flooding on Mid Day Friday and linger through the day on Saturday.

Widespread flooding of vulnerable areas could result in an elevated threat of property damage to homes and businesses near the waterfront and shoreline. Water could lead to 1 to 2 feet above ground level in some areas resulting in a sufficient depth to close numerous roads and threaten homes and businesses. Flooding could extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays resulting in some road closures and flooding of vehicles.

A Coastal Flood Watch means that conditions favorable for flooding are expected to develop. Coastal residents should be
alert for later statements or warnings, and take action to protect property.