June 7, 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea was windy but
uneventful on the Outer Banks
By IRENE NOLAN
Tropical Storm Andrea was about as advertised on Hatteras and Ocracoke.
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.
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.
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 ½ inches.
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.
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.