Emergency officials are warning that widespread flooding is possible as another round of heavy rain is expected to move up the coast of the Carolinas over the next few days.
The latest deluge comes on top of a round of heavy rain Monday that caused flooding from Charleston to Jacksonville, N.C. But those storms fell on mostly dry ground. The second batch will fall on areas already drenched, said Michael Colby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
"The ground's already saturated," he said. "There's still some creeks and streams that are still swollen."
The rain is associated with a tropical depression expected to move across southern Florida then come ashore again Thursday afternoon near Wilmington.
Flood watches have been issued for Wednesday from Charleston to the Outer Banks. Forecasters say areas near the coast could see 3 or more inches of rain, with 10 inches possible around Wilmington.