A gale warning for all coastal waters, as well as a coastal
flood watch and high wind watch, remains in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands in anticipation of a combination of windy weather and astronomical high
tides over the weekend.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City
Office advises that moderate to significant soundside and oceanside coastal
flooding is forecast over the next three days. Soundside flooding is most
likely Friday evening into early Saturday, while oceanside flooding is most
likely later Saturday through Monday.
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 travelling over the weekend.
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 the weekend.
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/.