Rough waves are crashing along the Outer Banks, and conditions are expected to deteriorate over the coming days.
Beach erosion is a serious concern. There is also concern that the high waves could breach dunes and threaten homes.
Dare County Emergency Management Coordinator Sandy Sanderson said this storm is building up to be something "we haven't seen in a while."
He talked about the potential of 14 to 16-foot surf for a duration of four or five high tide cycles.
"If we have something like that," Sanderson said, "It's going to certainly threaten the infrastructure right along the beach front."