1st nor'easter of the season on the way to East Coast

Heavy rain and gusty winds are forecast to move into the Northeast on Friday.

Texas continued to get hit by heavy rain early Thursday even as flooding continued in the state from downpours last week.

On Thursday morning, the storm was near Houston, bringing heavy rain from New Orleans up into Arkansas.

By Thursday afternoon and evening, rain could intensify from the Panama City area up to southern Alabama where some flash flooding is possible.

The storm system is expected to move north Friday into the Carolinas, bringing heavy rain and wind to Wilmington, North Carolina, an area hard-hit by Hurricane Florence last month.

That heavy rain is forecast to spread into the Northeast on Friday evening and night and into Saturday morning. Gusty winds in the Northeast will be as high as 30 to 40 mph, and near 50 mph at the coast.

Coastal flooding is possible in the Northeast, as well as road flooding inland and in urban areas.

As the storm system moves from the Gulf Coast into the Northeast, 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible for major cities along the way. Mountainous areas of northern New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine could see snow and a mix of snow and rain.