Hurricane Noel Brings Strong Winds To Coast

Wind gusts of nearly 50 miles an hour hit the Outer Banks today as Hurricane Noel moved off the coast.

At 5:00 p.m. Hurricane Noel was centered about 320 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. Noel's top winds remain at 80 miles per hour and it's moving toward the northeast at 20 miles per hour.

Forecasters say the storm was transitioning into an extratropical cyclone with winds still hovering around 80 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Casey Quell at the National Weather Service office in Newport says there are warnings for high winds and coastal flooding. But Quell says there will be no landfall.

Quell says buoys offshore recorded winds as high as 49 miles an hour. Little rain is expected.

John Miginsky at the Ride the Wind surf shop on Ocracoke Island says the waves were not as good as he expected.

Stay with WITN and as our team of meteorologists track this storm and it's impact to our coast.