Coastal counties here in Eastern Carolina are starting to watch closely the path of Tropical Storm Noel.
While the National Hurricane Center predicts Noel will remain well offshore, Hyde County is advising its residents they will feel some effects starting overnight Thursday and through Friday.
The National Weather Service is currently predicting some rain for Hyde County, but mostly a wind and surf event. Ocracoke winds overnight Thursday and throughout Friday are predicted to be in the 30 mile per hour range, with gusts to around 41 miles per hour.
The county says heavy seas and surf is expected. Emergency managers say beach erosion and other affects are also likely, particularly on Friday.
Hyde County says people on Ocracoke Island should make basic preparations in case of loss of power, ferry interruptions, or other normal storm consequences.
Stay with WITN and witntv.com as our team of meteorologists monitor Tropical Storm Noel.