Potential Storm Surge, Tropical Force Winds Forecast to Arrive Tomorrow
storm force winds as well as potential ocean and sound flooding from
Maria is forecast to arrive on Tuesday, per the Monday afternoon
briefing from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City Office.
were only minor changes in the latest briefing, and a Tropical Storm
Warning and Storm Surge Watch remain in effect for Hatteras and
pretty comfortable with how things are for the next two days, but day
three – Thursday – is when we have a little more uncertainty,” said
David Glenn, Science and Operations Officer for NWS Newport/Morehead
tomorrow, dangerous surf of 12 to 15 feet will produce minor to
moderate erosion, and ocean overwash and flooded roads are probable.
surge inundation, with water level rises of 2 to 4 feet above ground,
are also possible along the soundside starting late Tuesday morning or
early afternoon. Storm surge will continue into Wednesday and
potentially Thursday morning, depending on when Maria makes her turn
storm force winds of 30 to 40 mph are forecast for Hatteras and
Ocracoke Islands as well, also starting on Tuesday, with gusts of 50 to
probabilities for tropical storm force winds have decreased slightly
with the Monday evening forecast, because of Maria’s massive wind field
which will expand further as she nears the coast, high winds from
Tuesday through Thursday are likely.
traffic was sporadically backed up in the tri-villages area for several
hours on Monday, as visitors left due to a Mandatory Evacuation for
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Locally, residents and visitors were
busy making preparations and grocery store runs in anticipation of the
County Emergency Management urges motorists to proceed with caution
over the next several days, drive slowly through standing water, and
stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide.
Maria will pass about 150 miles southeast of the Outer Banks, bringing
significant impacts for a long duration. It is likely that roads will
become impassable for extended periods, and emergency response may be
limited at the height of the storm. Per Dare County Emergency
Management, now is the time for residents to ensure they are ready by
taking personal planning and preparations seriously. For preparedness
tips and information, see www.readync.org.
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