coastal flooding and high winds watch for Hatteras Island have been
upgraded to a warning in the Thursday afternoon briefing from the
National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office.
Maximum sustained winds up to 40 mph with gusts
up to 55 mph are forecast beginning Friday, and will linger and last
throughout the weekend. Seas up to 10-20 feet are also forecast through
N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island will likely
become flooded and impassable around times of high tide due to ocean
overwash and erosion, and islanders should use caution when traveling
over the weekend.
Soundside flooding is most likely Friday evening
into early Saturday, while oceanside flooding is most likely later
Saturday through Monday.
Flooding 2-3 feet above ground is possible from Hatteras north, and 2 feet of flooding is possible for Ocracoke Island.
The prolonged period of the winds could lead to
significant beach erosion, and scattered power outages are also
possible. Dare County Emergency Management advises residents to be
ready to protect property from winds and water.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast
information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead
City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.