Timeframe for Maria’s Impacts Reduced
in Tuesday Evening NWS Update
Conditions may improve late Wednesday
afternoon or Wednesday night - as opposed to Thursday - per the
Tuesday evening briefing from the National Weather Service Newport /
Morehead City Office.
“[We are] a little more confident on
where Maria is going to go over the next 24-36 hours,” said David
Glenn, Science and Operations Officer for NWS Newport/Morehead City.
“Wednesday is when conditions will start improving for us.”
Other than the shortened timeframe of
impacts from Maria, little has changed from the previous briefings by
the National Weather Service.
Buoy 41025 off of Diamond Shoals in
Buxton reported 21 ft. high seas on Tuesday, and rip currents and
rough surf will linger until the end of the week. Three feet of
soundside flooding was also reported in the Hatteras village area,
per the NWS Newport/Morehead City office.
As winds switch
from the north-northeast to the north-northwest, the focus moves to
the soundside of the Outer Banks. Water levels in the sound are
expected to remain high for the next 12-18 hours before the sound
starts to recede a little.
On the oceanside, the next high tide at
roughly 12:30 or 1 a.m. will be the most problematic for Hatteras and
High winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts
up to roughly 55 mph, will also linger overnight, but will begin to
taper off late Wednesday.
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