Coastal Counties Prep For Possible Weekend Storm

Forecasters say a storm system hundreds of miles southeast of North Carolina has become more concentrated and has the potential to develop into a tropical depression today.

Hyde County is telling residents to initiate basic preparations and equipment checks Friday afternoon. Residents and visitors to Hyde County should monitor the situation closely and make preparations for possible impact and disruption of public services in the storm approaches.

Forecast models show the system moving northwest toward North Carolina. The National Weather Service says upper-level winds are becoming increasingly favorable for development.

Forecasters have issued small craft advisories for much of the
coast throughout the weekend.

Hurricane hunters have scheduled a flight this afternoon, at which time the system may be upgraded to a tropical depression.

In Currituck County, emergency management officials are monitoring the coastal storm. They say the storm could produce moderate rain and winds, minor coastal flooding and heavy surf.

Dare County is advising its residents to remain vigilant by paying close attention to weather advisories from the National Weather Service as well as state and local emergency management officials, and be prepared to take protective actions if necessary.

Dare County says those planning to visit the Outer Banks this weekend do not need to change travel plans based on the current forecast, but are asked to be aware of updated reports in case conditions change.

WITN Meteorologist Jim Howard says the high pressure located north of the storm is still expected to push it back towards the southeast coast this weekend, with a possible landfall late Sunday-Monday.

Forecast models say landfall could be somewhere between Charleston and Hatteras as either a tropical storm or perhaps a category 1 hurricane.

WITN's team of meteorologists continue to track this weather system and will keep you updated on its movements.