Tropical Storm Warning issued for North Carolina Coast

Tuesday, 03 Oct, 2017

Tropical storms Maria And Lee, two weakening hurricanes milling around in the Atlantic, are now expected to move away from the United States and be a good distance away by the weekend, as forecasted by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Flooding was evident in other places like the Neuse River in New Bern and the Pamlico River in areas such as Pamlico County and Washington.

Sustained winds of 43 mph with a gust of 51 mph were recorded at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, topping tropical storm force of 39 mph, and the Corps of Engineers Field Research pier in Duck clocked speeds of 39.5 mph.

Assuming Maria continues heading north at 15km/h, it will pass within 150 to 250km of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Hurricane Lee remains over the open water of the Atlantic and is expected to move into the north Atlantic as well.

"Storm surge flooding is occurring, especially along the sound side of the North Carolina Outer Banks, and a storm surge warning and watch are in effect for portions of eastern North Carolina", the Impact alert said. Due to our very dry conditions, little to no rain is expected to develop ahead of the front.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, central North Carolina will not feel the storm's effects, but areas along the coast could endure 8 to 10 foot waves, wind gusts between 40 and 75 miles per hour and up to 3 inches of rain. The greatest impact will be felt along the North Carolina coast.

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Maria was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Conditions began to improve for the Mid Atlantic through the Outer Banks on Thursday with the more southerly facing breaks offering up the first real options after the past days of blustery onshores.

Officials in coastal communities have issued mandatory evacuations ahead of Maria.

Maria has finally become just a tropical storm.

Maria's now headed away from the US East Coast but solid swell continued today and lingers into the weekend. The longer the island is without power and clean water the higher the risk of illness will rise. Ahead of Maria, Hurricane Lee is well east of Bermuda and down to 80kt winds.

Maria is predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile (485-kilometer) coast.