October 8, 2018

Michael May Bring Tropical Storm Winds
and Heavy Rains Later in the Week

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands may see tropical storm force winds and heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Michael by Thursday or Friday, per a Monday morning briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.

Tropical Storm Michael, which is currently east of the Yucatan Peninsula, will track northward over the Gulf of Mexico through the next few days. Michael is expected to strengthen to a hurricane before making landfall in the Florida panhandle during the middle of the week. Michael is then forecast to move northeastward as a tropical storm through or close to eastern North Carolina by late in the week.

The National Weather Service reported that it is too early to detail any potential direct impacts to the eastern North Carolina region, and there are currently no storm-related watches or warnings in effect for the Outer Banks area.

Ass of 11 a.m., the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 21.2 North, longitude 84.9 West, and the storm was moving toward the north near 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of approximately 75 mph. A northward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast info, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.

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