Minimal Storm Impacts Expected if
Irma Continues Westward Track
By JOY CRIST
NHC forecast track for Irma, (which has been trending further west),
currently brings minimal impacts for Eastern NC, per the Friday evening
update from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in
Newport/Morehead City. Visitors and residents are urged to continue to
remain vigilant, however, and to monitor future forecast track changes
should they occur.
period swells from Irma are expected to lead to a high threat of rip
currents through the middle of next week, and rough surf could result
in minor erosion and oceanside overwash, especially Sunday through
wind gusts up to 39 mph are also forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke
Islands from Sunday night through Monday night. Minor flood
inundation of generally 1 foot above ground or less is also possible
for the western portions of the Pamlico & Albemarle Sounds, and
Irma is expected to track towards southern Florida over the weekend,
making landfall in Florida on Sunday. As of 5 p.m., Irma was located
about 345 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, and was moving west at 12
mph with maximum winds of 155 mph. Some fluctuations in intensity are
likely to occur during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to
remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of
Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov for information on the tropics.
The Island Free Press will continue to monitor Irma and will post updates as soon as they are available.