Storm Chris remains mostly stationary over the Gulf Stream off the
coast of North Carolina, and is expected to continue to slowly
strengthen today, per the Monday morning briefing from the National
Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
is forecast to become a hurricane on Tuesday, but is expected to remain
offshore, and will not directly impact Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
However, due to the persistent wind and swell, rough surf and dangerous
rip currents are expected along the beaches through most of the week.
winds of 20-30 mph will continue along Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
into Tuesday, and elevated rip current threats will likely continue
until late in the week.
long duration of N/NE winds will likely keep water levels slightly
elevated, and a strong longshore current is also likely along
east-facing beaches, with dangerous shore break expected north of Cape
of 5 a.m. on Monday, Tropical Storm Chris was located 200 miles
south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving south at 1 mph, with
maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Chris is forecast to meander off the
coast of the Carolinas through Monday, and an acceleration toward the
northeast is expected to begin on Tuesday.
For more info, 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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