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Storm to bring rain, wind this week

A low-pressure system will bring heavy rain to the area on Thursday and Friday.

The area of low pressure is located off the east coast of North Carolina and is expected to move northeast. The National Hurricane Center stated the storm is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm on Thursday.

National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco said Wednesday evening that rain would be the primary concern for those on land. Rainfall totals will be in the 1.5- to 3-inch range, with higher amounts closer to the coast.

“There will be some locally higher amounts possible,” Montefusco said. Some minor flooding is also possible.

Winds will be sustained at 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 mph, along the coast and decreasing farther inland, Montefusco said.

The biggest concerns will be rip currents in Virginia Beach down to Corolla and rough seas for those who may try to enjoy the beach or boating. Montefusco strongly discouraged doing so.

“Try to stay out of there unless you really know what you’re doing,” he said.

Things will calm down starting Friday afternoon, but folks can still expect the typical summer thunderstorms throughout the weekend, Montefusco added.