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 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/.