Currituck County issued the following advisory to its residents:
Date/Time: September 9, 2007 8:45 a.m.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from Surf City, NC, northward to Cape Charles Light, VA, as Tropical Storm Gabrielle strengthened slightly overnight. The storm is currently located approximately 30 miles south south-southeast of Cape Lookout, NC, and is moving toward the north-northwest at near 10 MPH. It is expected to turn to the north later today and then turn to the northeast tonight. The center of TS Gabrielle will move across the Outer Banks this afternoon.
Coastal storm surge flooding of 2 to 3 feet is possible and rain accumulation of 1 to 3 inches across coastal sections of North Carolina is expected.
Isolated tornadoes and thunderstorms are possible over the Outer Banks during the next several hours. Winds are anticipated to reach 20-30 MPH inland, 30-40 MPH on the Currituck beaches.
Strong rip currents are also expected; swimming is not advised.
Residents and visitors are urged to continue to monitor local weather forecasts for the latest storm conditions. The public is also advised to secure all loose items that are outside and be prepared for potential power outages. Persons in the 4-wheel-drive area should be aware of high tides, as travel on and off the beaches could become impossible. Travelers may call 511 to check current road conditions.
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