A second March storm that is faster and weaker than the
storm that pounded the coast last week began to impact the islands on Monday
with heightened winds and rain.
Minor soundside flooding 1 to 2 feet above ground is
expected, as well as minor ocean overwash, beginning late Monday afternoon
Soundside areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound from
Oregon Inlet to Cedar Island, and oceanside areas north of Cape Hatteras, are forecast
to be most affected.
Portions of N.C. Highway 12 that are already vulnerable from
the previous storm may be impacted between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras,
especially at times of high tide.
The next high tide is around 5 p.m.
High winds are also forecast for Monday and Tuesday, with
maximum sustained winds of 35-38 mph forecast for the islands, and maximum wind
gusts of 45-48 mph.
Inland, travelers may encounter light snowfall accumulation
in mainland Dare and Hyde Counties. Areas of black ice possible are possible in
inland Eastern North Carolina on Tuesday morning
A Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Advisory, and High Surf
Advisory has been issued along the coast per the Monday morning briefing from
the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office, however
forecasted winds and flooding amounts are all less severe than the first March
Due to the high wind advisories from the National Weather
Service, all Dare County Schools will dismiss early on March 12 starting at
11:30 a.m. on a staggered release.
The storm is expected to move quickly through the area, and
to be out to sea by Tuesday evening.
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/.
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