Outer Banks Braces For Rough Weather

Residents along the North Carolina coast are bracing for a storm that could have winds gusting to tropical storm-force strength.

Forecasters are predicting the storm will roll in today off the Outer Banks and the wind and rain it brings to the region will last into Thanksgiving Day.

Heavy rain is possible over the next three days in eastern parts of Hyde and Dare counties, which are under a coastal flood watch and a high wind warning. The National Weather Service says winds are expected to pick up today to about 30 to 35 miles per hour and get stronger.

A wind warning is in effect until 1 a-m Thursday. Dominion Power says sporadic power outages are likely any time sustained winds reach 35 to 40 miles per hour.

Dare County Emergency Management Coordinator Sandy Sanderson says he is expecting some bad weather, but just how bad will depend on the intensity of the storm system and how long it stays around.