A non-tropical storm bringing strong thunderstorms, heavy
rains, and gusty winds is forecast to affect Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on
Friday and Friday night, per a Thursday afternoon briefing from the National
Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain are likely on Friday and
Friday night, with thunderstorms and the possibility of isolated tornadoes also
in the forecast.
One to two inches of rain are expected during the storm,
with the highest amounts of rain along the coast of the Outer Banks. Gusty
southeast winds will also develop on Friday, and will diminish by Saturday.
Wind gusts up to approximately 40 mph will be possible along the coastline
through Friday night.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) advised
on Thursday that the weather may impact Hatteras and Ocracoke island ferry
operations. Depending on conditions for Friday afternoon and evening, some
ferry runs may be delayed or cancelled for the safety of passengers and ferry
crews. To get the latest conditions on all ferry routes and schedules, follow
the Ferry System on Twitter:@NCDOT_Ferry.
For more information on the local forecast,
for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/