Coastal flood, high surf advisories in effect as storm swirls off N.C.

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A strengthening area of low pressure continues meandering closer to the North Carolina coast tonight and tomorrow, the National Weather Service office says. The system may still acquire enough tropical characteristics to be classified as a subtropical storm at some point, forecasters say.

Subtropical storm or not, we will feel impacts including strong sustained winds to gale force across coastal areas tonight (with wind gusts 45+ mph) and ocean overwash across the Outer Banks during the next two high tides, the National Weather Service said.

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Additional minor to potentially moderate coastal flooding is expected across soundside areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound, Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, and heavy rainfall with possible minor flooding over the coast.

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