Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Outer Banks
Tropical Storm Watch has been issued by the National Hurricane Center
for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City northward to the North
Carolina / Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
A Storm Surge Watch has also been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout northward to Duck.
Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible
within the watch area, generally within 48 hours, while a Storm Surge
Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from
rising water moving inland from the coastline.
of 5 p.m., Maria was moving towards the north at around 9 mph, with
maximum sustained winds hovering around 105 mph. Some fluctuations in
intensity are possible during the next 24 hours, but gradual weakening
is expected to begin by Monday night or Tuesday.
is a large hurricane, and hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60
miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward
up to 230 miles from the center.
County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of
Hurricane Maria and is asking residents and visitors to stay informed
and prepare for tropical storm conditions that are expected to reach
the area on Tuesday.
will include high winds for a long duration, dangerous surf conditions,
and flooding from the ocean and sound. Dangerous surf conditions will
persist throughout the week, and travel impacts will occur as Maria
moves off the coast.
Dare County Control Group will meet on Monday morning to assess the
storm’s track and the anticipated impacts to determine whether any
protective measures are needed.
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.