Hurricane Bill was a strong category 3 hurricane late Thursday as he continued on a northwesterly course at 18 mph. The storm will likely become a category 4 storm as he passes about 300 miles east of the North Carolina coast on Saturday afternoon. Ocean swells are expected to increase starting Friday afternoon and continuing through the weekend. Breakers could reach 10 to 15 feet along the Outer Banks by Saturday afternoon or evening. Dangerous rip currents are expected and some beach erosion is possible. A High Surf Advisory has been posted for much of the North Carolina coast for the next few days. We could see some flooding along Highway 12, especially north of Cape Hatteras, during high tides this weekend. Hurricane Bill is the only player on the tropical stage right now. The storm is very large and is consuming most of the energy and moisture in the central and western Atlantic Ocean. Bill could eventually hit Nova Scotia or Newfoundland in eastern Canada late Sunday and Monday. Weather conditions should begin to improve along our coast by late Sunday and early next week.
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