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Noel's Impacts

By: Jennifer Harcher
By: Jennifer Harcher

Hurricane Noel is moving Northeast and will continue in that direction for the next 24 to 48 hours.  The storm is expected to become an Extratropical system in the next 12 hours.  Even though the storm is forecasted to be over 300 miles off our coast we'll still receive some storm impacts including heavy surf, high winds and coastal flooding.  Here is the bottom line on what to expect in Eastern Carolina tonight through Saturday morning/afternoon.

-WIND ADVISORIES AND HIGH WIND WARNINGS

The combination of high pressure inland and the storm well off the coast will create a tight pressure gradient across our area.  Meaning we could get some strong winds for the immediate coast.  There is a *HIGH WIND WARNING* in effect for Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties until 6am Saturday.  Winds of 30-45 mph with gusts up to 50-58 mph are possible.  A *WIND ADVISORY* is posted until 6am Saturday for Washington, Tyrrell, Beaufort, Pamilco, Craven, Hertford, Gates, Chowan and Bertie counties.  North to Northeast winds of 25-35 mph with gust to 45-55 are possible.

-RISING SOUND WATERS

Strong northerly winds will produce sound side flooding along the southern portion of the Pamlico Sound and along the southern portions Carteret County will be most significant.  There is a *COASTAL FLOOD WARNING* in effect until noon Saturday for Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, and the Outer Banks.  The water could possibly rise 4-6 feet above the normal especially across Southern Carteret county.  Flooding is expected along Club Foot Creek, Back Creek, Adams Creek and South River.  Portions of Highway 12 near Cedar Island may become impassable.  Water level rises of 3-4 feet above normal is possible over eastern portions of Pamlico County. 

-HEAVY SURF / DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS / BEACH EROSION

Breakers of 10-14 feet from Cape Hatteras north will produce beach erosion and over-wash at the times of high tides.  Some flooding along Highway 12 in the prone spots are possible.  The rough surf and strong onshore flow will produce moderate beach erosion.  Next high tide is 3:00am Saturday.  Breakers of 8-10 feet are expected from Cape Hatteras to Cape Lookout which will produce overwash and minor beach erosion.  There is a high risk for dangerous rip currents Saturday along the area beaches.  This means with the combination of wind, wave, swell and tide conditions will create powerful rip currents and dangerous surf conditions.  It is recommended that you stay out of the water Saturday.

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