The National Weather Service lifted all
tropical storm warnings and flash flood watches for North Carolina
coast, including Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, at 2 p.m. this
After a night of heavy -- but
apparently not record -- rainfall, the sun was shining by 2 this
afternoon, even as the National Hurricane Center reported that the
center of now Post-tropical Storm Colin was located just 25 miles
east of Cape Hatteras.
The Hurricane Center said Colin's
maximum sustained winds were near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some
slight strengthening is possible today and tonight, but gradual
weakening is expected to begin on Wednesday. Colin was moving
northeast at the very rapid speed of 38 mph.
By the 5 p.m. advisory, the storm was
205 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras and speeding along out to
sea at 40 mph.
The system's strongest winds and
heaviest rains were located over water well southeast of the center
as Colin brushed by Hatteras and Ocracoke a bit more to the east than
had been forecast.
Showers and thunderstorms began on the
island on Monday afternoon, and the rain continued overnight and into
this morning -- heavy at times. However, by about 1 p.m., it was as
if the spigot had been turned off and patches of blue began appearing
in the sky. It wasn't long after that before the sun was shining
Several inches of rain fell -- 3.03
inches in 24 hours at my rain gauge in Brigand's Bay in Frisco --
which is about what had been forecast but well below the records that
were set last week by Tropical Depression Bonnie.
Highway 12 and side roads were covered
with water in low spots this morning in the usual places -- the
tri-villages, south Avon, and eastern Hatteras village -- but
conditions were improving into the afternoon under sunny and less
Many yards in front of houses on the
islands looked more like lakes than puddles as the rain was only
slowed drained by the already saturated soil.
Winds did pick up this morning on
Hatteras and Ocracoke, but the gusty winds were also short-lived. A
gust of 44 mph was recorded at about 9:30 a.m. at Billy Mitchell
Airport in Frisco. About the same time, a gust of 49 was measured at
Diamond Shoals buoy.
A small craft advisory for seas remains
in effect for coastal waters south of Oregon Inlet into tonight.
Seas were running about 10 feet offshore but were expected to subside
to below 6 feet over night.
The Weather Service was also warning
beachgoers of a high threat of rip currents and dangerous shorebreak.
National Park Service began opening its facilities at Cape Hatteras
National Seashore this afternoon.
a news release, the Park Service said that rainfall from Tropical
Storm Colin, combined with historic rainfall over the past month, has
flooded multiple sites within the seashore.
is the status of seashore facilities, ramps, and campgrounds on
The Ocracoke Visitor Center,
Ocracoke Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit Office, Bodie Island Visitor
Center, Bodie Island ORV Permit Office, and Bodie Island Lighthouse
are now reopened. The Hatteras Island Visitor Center, Hatteras
Island ORV Permit Office, and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse remain
temporarily closed due to flooding in that area. Staff will continue
to assess the area and reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
Visitors looking to purchase an ORV permit may do so online at
Access Ramps: The condition of
beach access ramps continues to be assessed. Flooding has been
extensive on multiple ramps. ORV permit holders should check for
posted temporary closure signs before entering any ramp. ORV permit
holders should use best judgment when accessing any open ramp. Daily
ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore Facebook page at
The Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds are currently
open. However, some campsites are flooded. Check recreation.gov
for availability. Campsites will reopen daily as conditions improve.
Cape Point Campground is temporarily closed due to flooded
conditions and will reopen as conditions improve.
Weather Service is promising warm, dry, and less humid weather for
the rest of the week. Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper
70s to around 80 at the coast and there is no mention of rain.
information on the forecasts, go to the local Weather Service website