The National Hurricane Center has
upgraded the tropical storm watch from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet
along the eastern North Carolina coast to a tropical storm warning.
A tropical storm
warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere
within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours. Interests
elsewhere along the Outer Banks of North Carolina should monitor the
progress of the depression. Additional watches or warnings may be
required later today.
At 5 p.m., the
Hurricane Center said that Tropical Depression 8 was located 140
miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving northwest at 6 p.m.
motion with a slower forward speed is expected later this evening,
with a gradual turn toward the north forecast on Tuesday. On the
forecast track, the center of the depression will be near the Outer
Banks of North Carolina late Tuesday.
and radar images suggest that the depression is becoming better
organized," the Hurricane Center said in the 5 p.m. update.
"Convection has formed in the northwestern
some banding features in the northern semicircle of the cyclone.
Aircraft data, however, show that the pressure has stayed the same as
6 hours ago and the winds have not increased."
winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is
forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to
become a tropical storm on Tuesday.
it becomes Hermine or Ian will depend on the future of Tropical
Depression 9, which is heading out of the Florida straits into the
Gulf of Mexico. The depression is also forecast to become a tropical
storm on Tuesday.
Depression 9 is expected to curve to the north and then northeast,
moving over Florida and into the Atlantic waters, perhaps passing
offshore of North Carolina late in the week.
back to Tropical Depression 8, which will approach the southern Outer
Banks on Tuesday and then turn abruptly to the north-northeast and
then northeast and move quickly away from the coast on Wednesday.
National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City says
tropical storm conditions are possible on Hatteras and Ocracoke
Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.
primary impacts in our area will be heavy rainfall with minor
flooding, high winds -- with the highest winds offshore of the
islands -- possible beach erosion, and a high chance of rip currents
all along the North Carolina coast into midweek.
amounts are expected to range from 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher
amounts to 5 inches, which could result in minor flooding of
low-lying areas. The timing of potential heavy rain, forecasters
say, could be anytime today through Tuesday night in heavy rain
strongest sustained winds are expected on the Outer Banks and could
reach 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 possible.
water level rises of a foot or less above normal are expected across
the southern Pamlico Sound and soundside Ocracoke and Hatteras
level rises along oceanside areas from Cape Lookout through Oregon
Inlet will also be 1 foot or less with some minor erosion possible
from the combination of that and wave run-up.
will peak at 11 to 14 feet
late Tuesday evening into Tuesday night before subsiding dramatically
long-period swells from the tropical activity will start reaching the
beaches today. There is a high risk of rip currents along all coastal
North Carolina beaches Tuesday and the threat will likely continue
into later in the week. Beach-goers should use extreme caution if
they are in the water.
best chance of rip currents is either side of low tide, which occurs
about 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 on Monday, though with the tropical system
off the coast, rip currents are possible at any time.
more information on rip currents, go to
shore break is also forecast for beaches from Cape Lookout to Oregon
Inlet. Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beaches.
The most common injuries with strong shore break are neck and back
injuries, which occur when the surf throws the swimmer head first
into the bottom.
and visitors are encouraged to go ahead and prepare now by securing
loose outdoor items before the winds increase," Dare County said
in a news release. "Wind impacts are expected to be mostly
minor, but there could be some damage to awnings, carports, sheds,
and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects may be
blown about. Limbs may be broken off trees with a few snapped or
County also said that Tuesday’s garbage collection for the villages
of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon should be completed by 11 a.m.
Customers are asked to secure their cans as soon as possible
following collection at their homes.
UP WITH THE FORECAST
and visitors are advised to keep up with the latest forecasts from
the local National Weather Service office at www.weather.gov/mhx/.
to see the latest Tropical Depression 8 briefing from the local
National Weather Service office.
Department of Transportation crews are putting equipment in place so
they can quickly react to any issue that develops, such as sand
overwash on roadways.
A front loader
and motor grader are in place on Ocracoke Island and in Buxton; a
front loader is set at Kitty Hawk; and on Pea Island, several pieces
of equipment are set up in the parking lot south of the Oregon Inlet
bridge. County maintenance staff will be monitoring conditions,
especially at high tide cycles starting early Tuesday morning.
visitors can download the free ReadyNC
app for real-time weather and traffic
information. Road condition updates are also available in the
Services section of NCDOT.gov or by following
NCDOT on Twitter.
Division says that "if that forecast comes to pass, it is likely
that ferry service interruptions will occur, most likely on the
Hatteras Inlet and Pamlico Sound routes."
always our top priority, so passengers should prepare for service
suspensions from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning if wind
and tidal conditions warrant," said Ferry Division Director Ed
Goodwin. "Hopefully this system will be on its way out to sea by
Wednesday afternoon, and we'll be back to our full schedule long
before Labor Day travelers arrive."
At this point no
evacuations have been ordered, so all N.C. ferry routes will remain
on their regular schedules until conditions deteriorate.
information on ferry schedule delays and interruptions, follow
@NCDOT_Ferry on Twitter.
Hatteras National Seashore management is closely monitoring the
weather system, along with Tropical Depression 9, which may also
impact the Outer Banks toward the end of this week. Currently, there
are no plans to suspend visitor services at the seashore, but
adjustments to park operations will be made, if necessary.
On Monday afternoon, park staff advised campers at Oregon Inlet,
Frisco, Cape Point, and Ocracoke campgrounds of the inbound weather
conditions. Tent camping is not advised if the area is
impacted by tropical storm conditions. All
seashore campgrounds will operate on a one-day availability basis.
Access Ramps: Visitors should review
signs posted at the beach access ramps and use best judgment. Daily
beach access ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore Facebook Page at