Say Goodbye To Gabrielle

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is out of Eastern Carolina and heading into the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 11 p.m., all warning and watches were cancelled.

The storm left behind some minor flooding and much-needed rains for some areas.

Folks in Carteret County saw some minor flooding and ponding, in a few low-lying areas in Morehead City.

There was also some street flooding in Beaufort and a bit on Highway 101. Beaufort picked up 8 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Minor street flooding was also an inconvenience in Harkers Island.

About a foot and a half of storm surge took place near Salvo in Dare County along Highway 12.

The peak wind gust was 56 miles per hour in Hatteras.

The storm didn't cause problems in Onslow County, save some minor beach erosion in North Topsail Beach.

Gabrielle's gusty winds howled at 40-50 miles per hour in most spots on the coast, churning up the Atlantic surf to the delight of surfers and kiteboarders. Officials urged caution, but as of Sunday evening say Gabrielle will be remembered mostly as an inconvenience.

If anything, it's been a disappointment to eastern counties that hoped the storm would bring a good bit of rain. Every county in North Carolina is experiencing some level of drought. Only a few spots in the east got an inch or more of rain.
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11 pm update from the National Hurricane Center:

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WTNT42 KNHC 100232
TCDAT2
TROPICAL STORM GABRIELLE DISCUSSION NUMBER 10
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072007
1100 PM EDT SUN SEP 09 2007

SATELLITE AND WSR-88D RADAR IMAGES SHOW THAT GABRIELLE IS A POORLY
ORGANIZED SYSTEM WITH ANY REMAINING DEEP CONVECTION FAR TO THE
SOUTH OF THE CENTER. THE STORM HAS EMERGED INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
AND WAS FIXED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER...FINDING 42
KT MAXIMUM FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS AND A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 1008 MB.
RECENT SURFACE OBSERVATIONS FROM FRISCO PIER SUGGEST THAT 40 KT
REMAINS A GOOD INITIAL INTENSITY. WITH A CONTINUATION OF STRONG
SHEAR AND ONLY ABOUT 24 HOURS OF WARM WATER REMAINING IN THE
STORM'S PATH...SOME WEAKENING SEEMS LIKELY AND IS SHOWN IN THE NHC
OFFICIAL FORECAST. THIS FORECAST ASSUMES THAT THE SYSTEM WILL
REDEVELOP THUNDERSTORMS AS IT MOVES OVER THE WARM GULF STREAM AND
MAINTAIN ITS STATUS AS A TROPICAL CYCLONE. HOWEVER...IF CONVECTION
CONTINUES TO BE SO FAR REMOVED FROM THE CENTER...GABRIELLE COULD
LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS BEFORE MERGING WITH AN EXTRATROPICAL
LOW IN A FEW DAYS.

THE MOTION HAS TURNED TOWARD THE NORTHEAST TONIGHT AND IS ESTIMATED
NEAR 035/9. GABRIELLE IS EXPECTED TO EVENTUALLY TURN EAST-
NORTHEASTWARD AS IT MOVES AROUND A DEEP-LAYER RIDGE OVER THE
WESTERN ATLANTIC AND INTO THE MIDDLE-LATITUDE WESTERLIES. THE TRACK
GUIDANCE REMAINS TIGHTLY CLUSTERED AND THE NEW OFFICIAL FORECAST IS
ALMOST THE SAME AS THAT OF PREVIOUS ADVISORY. BEYOND 48 HOURS...
THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BECOME ABSORBED BY A LARGER EXTRATROPICAL
LOW BY MOST OF THE GLOBAL MODELS. HOWEVER... THE GFS DOES SUGGEST
THE POSSIBILITY OF GABRIELLE REMAINING FAR ENOUGH TO THE SOUTH TO
BE SEPARATE FROM THE LARGE EXTRATROPICAL LOW...BUT TO REMAIN A WEAK
SYSTEM.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INITIAL 10/0300Z 36.3N 75.3W 40 KT
12HR VT 10/1200Z 37.2N 73.7W 35 KT
24HR VT 11/0000Z 38.3N 70.8W 35 KT
36HR VT 11/1200Z 39.5N 67.5W 35 KT
48HR VT 12/0000Z 41.0N 62.5W 35 KT
72HR VT 13/0000Z...ABSORBED


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