June 2, 2016
UPDATE: Bonnie could become tropical storm again
By IRENE NOLAN
National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. update on Tropical
Depression Bonnie that the storm's maximum sustained winds have
increased to 35 mph with higher gusts and that some additional
strengthening is possible overnight.
The Hurricane Center says Bonnie could become a tropical storm again,
but if it does, the upgrade will be short lived. And, the heavy
rainfall has about ended on the Outer Banks.
Bonnie is expected to weaken on Friday, and the storm is expected to
become a post-tropical low pressure area again on Friday night or
At 5 p.m., Tropical Depression Bonnie was located 40 miles
east-northeast of Cape Hatteras and was continuing to move northeast at
6 mph. A turn toward the east-northeast and an increase in forward
speed are expected tonight or on Friday. On the forecast track,
the center of Bonnie should move away from the coast of North Carolina
The rainfall stopped on southern Hatteras late Thursday afternoon and
will end this evening on northern Hatteras. The National Weather
Service has extended the flood watch for the area until 7 p.m. on
Another rainfall record was also set today at Billy Mitchell Airport in
Frisco. The Weather Service reports that 4.33 inches of
rain fell today, breaking the old record of 3.57 inches set in 2005.
Friday is forecast to be partly sunny on Hatteras and Ocracoke with a
high in the low 80s and a 40 percent chance of showers, mostly in the
For more information on the forecast, go to the local Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/mhx/. Or check out the local office on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/?fref=ts.