Street flooding possible in Wilmington this week

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The National Weather Service said some areas in coastal North Carolina could receive five or six inches of rain.

WILMINGTON — A tropical disturbance from the south is set to impact the Wilmington area and could cause localized street flooding, according to a Monday press release from the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

According to the press release, a tropical storm from the Gulf of Mexico could bring occasionally heavy rainfall for a two-day period, mainly from Tuesday through early Thursday. Latest estimates calculate 2-4 inches of rain coastal North Carolina in this period, with five or six inches likely in a few spots.

Since Jan. 1, Wilmington has received 36.34 inches of rain. The normal number for this time of the year is 25.13

“Right now, the rivers are doing pretty well, but the rivers could flood with what’s about to come in,” NWS weather forecaster Dave Loewenthal said. “Last year, we only had 15 inches at this time so it’s basically double. There could be some localized street flooding, and the best chance for that is late Tuesday and early Wednesday.”