Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast
Tropical brush by… Tropical Depression Eight is just off of the North Carolina coast and will move very close to Cape Hatteras today. It could strengthen to a tropical storm later today but will quickly turn NE and move out into the Atlantic tomorrow. We can expect near tropical storm strength winds on the southern Outer Banks today, rough surf and a high risk for rip currents for the VA and NC coast, and a few bands of heavy rainfall mainly in NE NC. 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 scattered showers/storms are possible Wednesday as the tropical system quickly exits. Winds will gradually relax through the day. Highs will return to the mid 80s. We will see more scattered showers and storms on Thursday as a cold front moves near the coast.
Today: Sun & Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms (30%), Windy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: NE 10-20+
Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (30%), Windy. Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 10-20+
Tomorrow: Sun & Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms (30%), Windy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: NE 10-20+
Weather & Health
Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)
UV Index: 8 (Very High)
Air Quality: Good (Code Green)
Tropical Depression 8 is centered about 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras and moving NNW at 5 mph. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet. A turn toward the north is expected later today with a turn toward the northeast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of the depression will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina this afternoon and evening. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm later today.
Tropical Depression 9 continues to bring torrential rain to western Cuba. TD 9 is about 340 miles west of Key West, Florida and moving WNW at 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and TD 9 expected to become a tropical storm later today. This system is expected to track into the central Gulf of Mexico before making a NE turn, crossing over Florida, and moving up or along the East Coast later this week.
Hurricane Gaston strengthens a little in the open Atlantic. Gaston is 695 miles east of Bermuda and moving ENE at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
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