A nearly stationary upper low will circulate moisture across the Outer Banks region through the end of the week, resulting in heavy showers, rough surf, and possible ocean overwash, per an update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Additional rainfall of 2-4 inches, (with locally heavier amounts), will be possible through Friday. This rainfall on top of already saturated soils from the heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Arthur could result in flooding of poor drainage areas.
Strong easterly winds and dangerous seas in excess of 10 feet on Wednesday and Thursday will produce a dangerous shore break of 6-9 feet along the N.C. coast, especially north of Cape Lookout.
Enhanced rip currents will also occur, especially north of Cape Lookout where a High Rip Current Risk is in effect for Wednesday.
The large surf and strong onshore flow could result in beach erosion and ocean overwash near the times of high tide Wednesday and Thursday. Portions of N.C. Highway 12 north of Cape Hatteras could be impacted, although the highway remained passable as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
To check the updated beach forecast from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. Beach-goers can also text “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890 to sign up for text alerts from local Outer Banks Lifeguards on beach conditions.
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/.