Coastal low will affect Outer
Banks tonight, tomorrow
By IRENE NOLAN
area of low pressure along the central Gulf Coast today will move
rapidly northeast and strengthen as it moves through North Carolina's
coastal plain late tonight into early tomorrow morning. A warm front
will lift north over the area tonight, with a cold front pushing
through on Saturday.
The low will bring with it heavy rain,
wind, high seas, and a chance of an isolated severe thunderstorm or
tornado, beach erosion, and flooding on roadways.
Weather Service in Newport, N.C., has issued a gale warning for the
coastal waters from 10 p.m. until 9 a.m., a wind advisory for the Outer
Banks from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m., a high surf advisory for south-facing
beaches from 10 p.m. until 1 p.m. tomorrow, and a flood watch for the
region tonight and tomorrow morning.
The forecast calls for
gusty southeast winds becoming southwest overnight and west tomorrow.
Winds of 25 to 35 mph can be expected with gusts to 45 mph. Seas
will build to 8 to 12 feet in the surf zone causing dangerous
shorebreak and rip currents with some beach erosion possible on
south-facing beaches. Seas over the coastal waters will peak at 15 to
20 feet late tonight.
Rainfall across eastern North Carolina is
forecast to be 2 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts, which can
cause ponding of water on roadways. As the warm front lifts north
tonight, an isolated severe storm is possible with the threat of
damaging wind gusts or an isolated tornado.
will rise into the 50s along the coast this evening with the southeast
winds and then fall back into the 40s tomorrow afternoon as the cold
front crosses the area. A reinforcing shot of cold air on Sunday night
and Monday will bring high temperatures back down into the 40s early
For more information and the latest watches and warnings, go to http://www.weather.gov/mhx/.