June 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea was windy but
uneventful on the Outer Banks


Tropical Storm Andrea was about as advertised on Hatteras and Ocracoke. 

Winds gusting to tropical storm strength meant it was not a good beach day at the seashore, but, by all accounts, visitors seemed content to shop and do some sightseeing as the ocean, especially on the south-facing beaches, was whipped into a foaming frenzy.

Rainfall was heavy overnight, but islanders and visitors woke up this morning to intermittent sunshine with some clouds mixed in and just a few heavy downpours this afternoon.

At 5 p.m., Andrea was east/northeast of Raleigh with winds still at 45 mph, but had been downgraded to a post-tropical system by the National Hurricane Center.

Brian Cullen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., said the Outer Banks will continue to see tropical storm force winds for a few more hours but that the rain is about ended.

The wind has been southerly all night and into today – southeast and south – and Cullen says there will be a shift to the southwest and winds will continue to increase until about 8 p.m.  This may bring some minor soundside flooding of 1 to 2 feet on northern Hatteras Island and the Oregon Inlet/Roanoke Island area.

The winds blew at a sustained 30-plus mph today on Hatteras and Ocracoke with the peak gust this afternoon of 53 mph at Billy Mitchell Airport.

Rainfall in the area was less than had been forecast and came in at about 1 to 1 inches.

This weekend’s Ocrafolk Festival will go on as planned, the organizers said this afternoon.  This evening’s events have been moved indoors to the Ocracoke School, but the festival will proceed as planned tomorrow with artists, crafters, and music all day and into the evening.

Andrea will move quickly northeast overnight, but a cold front to our west will keep the weather warm and humid with a chance of showers into early next week.

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