A strong storm system will bring a number of impacts to the Outer Banks starting today, December 22, including strong winds, possible oceanside and soundside flooding, heavy rains, and freezing temperatures, per a Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport/Morehead City office.
Minor to moderate soundside and oceanside flooding is possible, with water levels 2-4 feet above ground level for Hatteras Island and the northern Outer Banks, and 1-2 feet above ground level for Ocracoke Island. The most likely timeframe for soundside flooding is Friday night through Saturday morning.
Minor ocean overwash may affect N.C. Highway 12 and properties that are immediately adjacent to the beach, especially around times of high tide. The next high tide is around 6:30 p.m.
7-11 ft. waves in the surf zone could result in dangerous surf and beach conditions, as well as hazardous conditions for small watercraft.
Strong winds with gusts of 50 mph or more are forecast through Friday night, and the Outer Banks could see up to two inches of rain from Thursday into Friday afternoon. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible for Eastern N.C., mainly from late Thursday morning through Thursday evening.
On Friday night and Saturday, the Outer Banks will see temperatures in the 20s with minimum wind chill temperatures in the single digits. With the wind and cold weather, power outages are possible until conditions begin to improve on Sunday and Monday, per an update from Drew Pearson, Director of Dare County Emergency Management.
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/.
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