Tropical Depression #8 is brushing by the Outer Banks, but is not expected to bring tropical storm conditions. Therefore, the National Hurricane Center has discontinued warning for the southern Outer Banks. The depression is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it moves away from our coast. The biggest impacts from this system will be felt along the Outer Banks. There, we’ll have the strongest winds and surf. However, there is a high risk of rip currents along both the North Carolina and Virginia coasts. Some bands of heavy rain will also be possible, mainly over Northeastern North Carolina. Widespread rainfall is not expected with this system.
What to expect…
Wind: Hatteras 20-40+, Nags Head 15-25+, VA Beach 10-20+
Rain: Hatteras 60%, Nags Head 40%, VA Beach 30%
Surf: Hatteras 6’-9’, Nags Head 4’-7’, VA Beach 4’-5’
Rip Currents: High risk for VA & NC
A few isolated showers/storms are possible Wednesday as the tropical system quickly pushes away from the area. Winds will gradually relax through the day. High temperatures will return to the mid 80s. We will see more scattered showers and storms on Thursday as a cold front moves in from the northwest. Highs will be in the mid 80s. By the holiday weekend, highs will cool into the lower 80s.
Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (20%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 10-20+ mph.
Tomorrow: Sun & Clouds. Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: NE 10-20+ mph.
Thursday: Sun & Clouds. Scattered Shower/Storms (30%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.
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