Multiple days of strong northeast winds starting Monday night combined with large waves this week may produce coastal flooding and ocean overwash/erosion, per an update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport/Morehead City office.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible along the oceanside from Ocracoke to the northern Outer Banks, and significant beach erosion is likely. Portions of N.C. Highway 12 may be impacted by ocean overwash over multiple days, and through multiple high tide cycles.
Coastal Flood and Wind Advisories are in place for the Outer Banks until Wednesday.
The Wind Advisory states that northeast winds of 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are possible from 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday through 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
The Coastal Flood Advisory states that there is the potential for 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level along the oceanside from Duck to Ocracoke beginning at 1 a.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents and visitors in vulnerable oceanfront locations should be ready to take protective actions. The most likely timeframe for flooding is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8-9.
Meanwhile, Subtropical Storm Nicole formed early Monday morning east of the Bahamas.
Nicole is forecast to turn west towards the Southeastern United States by Wednesday or Thursday, and may eventually impact portions of eastern North Carolina later this week.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.