June 3, 2016
Bonnie is finally gone and sunny skies return -- for now
By IRENE NOLAN
Depression Bonnie kept trucking east over the Atlantic overnight --
never making it back to tropical storm status -- and sunny skies
returned to the Outer Banks this morning.
Roads on Hatteras and Ocracoke began drying out, although there is
still standing water in places, especially east of Hatteras village, in
southern Avon, and in the tri-villages.
The heavy rain of the past week is now a storm event for the
record books, but the National Weather Service says we can still expect
showers from an approaching cold front over the weekend, especially on
Sunday when there is a slight risk for severe weather.
At 11 a.m., this morning the National Hurricane Center said Tropical
Depression Bonnie was located 200 miles east-northeast of Cape
Hatteras, moving east at 12 mph. This motion is expected to continue
with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph with higher gusts. The
Hurricane Center expects little change in strength during the next 48
hours, but said that Bonnie is forecast to degenerate to a
post-tropical low by Saturday.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City says
that a trough of low pressure will move across the area late today and
tonight, and then a cold front will move through the area Sunday night
A second dry cold front is forecast to move through the region Tuesday
night into early Wednesday with high pressure building behind the front
The Weather Service says there is only a 20 percent chance of showers
this afternoon, but a 40 percent chance tonight. Saturday should
be partly sunny and in the lower 80s with a 40 percent chance of
afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Sunday will also be warm
with a 40 percent chance of showers and a 60 percent chance Sunday
The Weather Service says that the slight risk for severe weather on
Sunday includes a threat for strong winds and hail as the cold
Next week is forecast to be warm, sunny, and less humid.
By most accounts, the Highway 12 and the side roads on Hatteras and
Ocracoke began improving last evening after the heavy rainfall
ended. There was continued improvement this morning, but
travelers should still take it slowly through areas of the road that
are covered by water.
Be safe and courteous -- slow down when you drive through the deep
water. Do not spray your fellow motorists and leave a wake behind
you. If one lane is dry, it is customary for drivers to stop to
let vehicles travel through the area on the dry pavement.
The National Park Service reports that there is standing water in some
of the ramps -- some of it fairly deep -- and in low spots on the
Inside Road between Ramps 44 and 49. Ramp 49 is reported to be
totally under water. The Pole Road is also completely under
water. There is some standing water on Lighthouse Road near the Cape
Point Campground and the campground is flooded, making it temporarily
"At this time, there are no plans to close any ramps due to standing
water," the Park Service said in a news release this afternoon.. If
attempting to use a ramp on Hatteras Island, please use your best
judgment. The ramps most heavily impacted by the recent rainfall are
43, 44, and 49. Beach ramp status is continually monitored and updated
according to existing conditions."
Click here for the latest beach access update and ramp report from the National Park Service.
On the brighter side, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported today
that Bonnie and other showers have dumped more than 10 inches of rain
on the Whipping Creek Road Fire in the past few weeks and that it is
now considered by USFWS and the N.C. Forest Service to be complete
The fire, which started on April 18 on the Dare and Hyde county
mainland, was declared contained but not "out" on May 5.
Firefighters continued to watch for hot spots to erupt as the fire can
continue to smolder in the peat-rich soil. In all, the fire
burned 15,453 acres on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the
Dare Bombing Range, and assorted private lands.
For more information on the weekend forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, 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.