There were good waves on Monday on Hatteras
Island, especially on the northern side of Buxton. With Florence
900 miles away from the coast earlier in the week, there was an
amazingly powerful ground swell building since Saturday.
Weather on Hatteras Island was close to 90
degrees for the last several days with little wind other than a light
sea breeze forming near noon each day, which is ideal for some epic
surfing, when coupled with an intensifying offshore storm.
Conditions were very similar in 1991 as the "No
Name" storm (later called The Perfect Storm) pushed powerful waves down
the Eastern Seaboard for almost 10 days.
By 10 a.m. on Monday, Dare County dismissed
public schools followed by a mandatory evacuation announcement. The
morning high tide receded, sapping a little energy from the waves, but
not before washing over the dune barrier in several areas along the
Island weakened by previous storms.
Tuesday brought solid surfing conditions again as
the ground swell from Florence grew, with the help of an easterly
breeze wedged in between Florence and the Coast until Wednesday, when
the first sign of gradient North-easterlies start effecting the Island
in the morning.
If the forecasts are on target, a NE breeze will
build as the eye of Florence approaches the Southern Outer Banks.
Escaping the Island as the wave conditions mount and push water over
the roads during high tides might be a problem on Wednesday, especially
for small non-4WD vehicles.
Thursday evening, the eye wall is forecast to
approach south of Hatteras Island, which will keep the winds blowing in
a north-northeast direction. Windfinder shows hurricane force
winds affecting the islands by 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Tuesday was likely the last chance for taking
advantage of the swell. As of Tuesday morning, the forecast is for the
storm to stall between Thursday night and Sunday night..... which could
be 72 hours of havoc and unpredictability. Prayers are for it to
stall prior to reaching land Thursday night. Tides for Tuesday at
Oregon Inlet were 9:42 a.m. High Tide and 3:54 p.m. Low Tide. Keep in
mind that high water significant slows traffic.
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