Though the forecast track for Florence is still uncertain,
the probability for tropical storm-strength winds has increased for Hatteras
and Ocracoke islands, per the Saturday evening update from the National Weather
Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Confidence continues to increase that Florence will
intensify rapidly over the next few days, and the current tropical storm is
expected to become a hurricane again on Sunday.
The risk of direct impacts later this week continues to
increase as well, with tropical storm force winds forecast to arrive as early
as Wednesday. Per the NWS, visitors and residents should expect these
probabilities to continue to increase for coastal North Carolina unless
significant changes are made to the forecast track in the next few days.
Heavy rainfall is expected in the vicinity of Florence, and
the swath of heaviest rainfall may shift with the forecast track.
A high threat of dangerous rip currents north of Cape
Lookout to Duck is also forecast for Sunday, but large, dangerous surf is
expected everywhere on the Outer Banks this week. Coastal erosion and ocean
overwash is also possible as early as late Sunday on the Outer Banks.
Dare County Emergency Management advises visitors and
residents to ensure that their emergency kit is properly stocked, and that their
emergency plan, including possible evacuation, is ready to implement should
protective actions become necessary. For preparedness tips and information,
For more info on Florence, 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/.