Strongest winds expected this evening

Published 5:41 pm Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael currently moving northeastward across Northern North Carolina near the Raleigh area late this afternoon, and will track off the North Carolina and Virginia coast this evening, according to the 5:15 p.m. update from the National Weather Service, Newport/Morehead.

Tropical storm force winds, especially in gusts, across coastal counties of North Carolina this afternoon. The strongest winds are expected near the coast and areas adjacent to the sounds through this evening. Winds along the coast could gust to 50 to 60 mph, while inland areas could see gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Some localized wind gusts to 70 mph may occur across the Northern Outer Banks on the backside of Michael this evening. These winds could result in downed trees causing sporadic power outages, and even some minor structural damage. Be sure to secure any tarps on rooftops from previous storm damage.

Minor to moderate storm surge impacts will be possible with Michael. Based on the current forecast, inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level will be possible for areas along the coast and adjacent to the sounds, with locally higher amounts possible. Inundation of 2 to 4 feet above ground level may be possible on the sound side of the Outer Banks, especially north of Cape Hatteras this evening and overnight as Michael lifts north of the area. Minor beach erosion and overwash will be possible along the beaches as well due to wave run up.

Dangerous marine conditions are also expected, with seas as high as 10 to 15 feet tonight. A high threat of rip currents and large and dangerous shore break is expected.