September 22, 2014
UPDATE: More heavy rain and gusty
winds forecast for midweek
By IRENE NOLAN
as the big "puddles" -- if you want to call them that -- continue to
cover the roads and challenge drivers, the National Weather Service is
forecasting a good possibility of more heavy rain and some gusty
northeast winds and high seas for midweek.
According to the
National Weather Service in Newport, the combination of building high
pressure from the north and a low pressure trough stalled off the North
Carolina coast will bring a period of unsettled weather, beginning late
tomorrow and lasting through the end of the week.
chances begin increasing tomorrow night with a 50 percent chance of
rain. Rain is likely Wednesday and Wednesday night -- a 70 percent
chance -- with heavy rain possible, especially in the afternoon.
Thursday, the chance of rain dips to 50 percent and decreases a little
more Thursday night and Friday -- to 40 percent chance.
Skies could remain cloudy over the weekend, but rain is not forecast.
heavy rain could lead to another round of flooding and ponding of water
on roads on the island that were already soaked on Saturday when 5.25
inches of rain fell in Hatteras village. Standing rainwater on the
roads was deep in places through Frisco and Hatteras village -- with 18
inches to 2 feet reported early Sunday just north of Hatteras village
-- and the ground is still saturated.
This round of rainfall
will come our way with gusty northeast winds, especially Wednesday and
Wednesday night, when they are forecast at 20 to 25 knots with seas of
5 to 7 feet -- perhaps up to 8 feet -- in continuing long-period swells.
northeast winds, coupled with a swell from very distant Hurricane
Eduoard, resulted in significant ocean overwash at high tide at the
south approach to the temporary bridge at Pea Island Inlet for several
days in the middle of last week. And the week before, there was
overwash at midweek from northeast wind and an astronomical high tide
at the full moon.
NWS forecaster Chris Collins said late this
afternoon that tides will not be pushed higher by either storm swells
or astronomically high tides this week.
However, he said, even
though the forecast models are coming into increasing agreement for
midweek, the situation is "still evolving."
Ocean overwash, he added, is a "possibility."
should stay up-to-date with the latest forecasts from the National
Weather Service and check reports on road conditions, especially at
high tide. Information on area roads is available on the N.C.
Department of Transportation website at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/default.aspx or the Dare County website at http://www.darenc.com/general/roadstm.asp.
and visitors should also know that there is a high threat of rip
currents on Outer Banks beaches on Tuesday, especially several hours
before or after low tide, which is at 1 p.m.
Area weather, marine, and rip current forecasts can be found on the website of the NWS in Newport at http://www.weather.gov/mhx/.