Slow-Moving Maria May Cause Lingering
Tropical Storm Conditions This Week
is expected to move very slowly up the coastline mid-week, which may
cause extended impacts and tropical storm conditions for Hatteras and
Ocracoke Islands, per the 8 a.m. briefing from the National Weather
Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
on how close Maria ends up being to the coast, the slow movement and
long duration may enhance impacts significantly to the Outer Banks, and
probabilities for tropical storm force winds have increased slightly
across the area since Saturday’s briefing.
if the center of Maria remains offshore, impacts such as rough surf, a
high risk for rip currents, beach erosion, and ocean overwash are still
the current forecast, wind direction should be NNE and moving to NNW
late Tuesday into early Thursday. The rain forecast from Maria is
currently 1-3 inches, and moderate ocean overwash in vulnerable areas
is probable with the potential for 1-3 feet of inundation above ground
from coastal flooding.
and Hyde Counties currently have the potential for tropical storms
force winds with gusts up to 50 mph starting on Monday, and the
coastline will also see continued dangerous ocean conditions throughout
National Weather Service indicates that Maria will likely cause mostly
minor impacts, but a slight change in track can lead to completely
different conditions. As such, everyone should prepare for these
impacts while they continue to monitor Maria, according to Dare County
of 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, Maria was located 475 miles
south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving north at 9 mph with
maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. There are currently no coastal
watches or warnings in effect, however these may be issued for a
portion of the coast later today.
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 this system and will post updates as soon as they are available.