April 22, 2013
Coastal low could bring some ocean overwash
By IRENE NOLAN
coastal low pressure area formed today off the Georgia coast and is
forecast to move northeast along a stalled cold front tonight into
A tight pressure gradient between a high pressure area
over New England and the low pressure off the southeast coast has
brought stiff northeast winds and building seas to the Outer
The National Weather Service in Newport, N.C.,
has issued a coastal flood advisory for northern Hatteras Island and is
forecasting there could be minor ocean overwash in the usual spots –
Mirlo Beach and the S-curves in northern Rodanthe – especially during
There is also a coastal flood advisory for
Ocracoke, where the northern end of the island was overwashed in a
northeaster last month.
The coastal flood advisories are in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
picked up on Sunday under sunny skies. However, today was cold,
gray, and drizzly most of the day. The 55 degree temperature on
Monday afternoon is 13 degrees below the average high of 68 for this
Northeast winds were sustained at about 20 to 30 mph with
gusts over 40, and long-fetch northeast swells were expected to build
to 10 to 11 feet this afternoon with 8-foot breakers on northern
The low pressure will move north of the North
Carolina coast tonight and Tuesday, but the brisk northeast winds are
forecast to keep the seas high through the day tomorrow.
overwash was reported on Highway 12 on northern Hatteras Island today,
but could be possible at high tide at 6 p.m. this evening and about 6
a.m. on Tuesday morning.
To check on the latest road conditions
and see the webcams on Highway 12, click on the buttons on the Island
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