forecast to pass offshore, but heavy surf expected
Hurricane Center forecast is for Hurricane Katia to pass well offshore
of the Outer Banks on Thursday, bringing heavy surf to Hatteras and
National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., has issued a heavy surf
advisory for the Outer Banks from Duck to Ocracoke, as the southeast
swell from Katia begins to affect the area.
advisory is effect from 6 a.m. this morning until 6 a.m. Friday
prediction is for 11-foot breakers today north of Cape Lookout,
building to a peak of 10 to 14 feet on Thursday and subsiding on Friday.
big waves are a concern, especially at New New Inlet on Pea Island,
which is the largest inlet caused by Hurricane Irene.
Flythe, general manager of Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, said
that the heavy seas could be a problem for the newly repaired power
lines, which are now bringing in power down the island on 115kV
transmission lines from the north.
said the cooperative is also concerned that the south side of New New
Inlet is eroding at a rate of 5 to 6 feet a day. It will
eventually be stabilized with more sand – before more damage is done.
is also a high threat of rip currents along the Outer Banks as the
storm passes by.
addition, Tropical Depression 14 formed today in the
There is a good chance it will become Tropical Storm Maria today, but
so far is predicted to take a path similar to Katia, staying offshore.