Cool Winds Monday; Coastal Flood Risk

By: Charlie Ironmonger, Jim Howard
By: Charlie Ironmonger, Jim Howard

Forget the calender, it will feel more like February than April today.

A weak storm off the North Carolina coast will help drive a northeast wind at 15 to 25 mph through the area on Monday. We'll see plenty of clouds, but only a few showers generally east of highway 17 through Monday evening. Temps will only make it to the upper 50s with the wind making it feel considerably cooler. The winds will also make for some rough surf as well as a risk for some minor coastal flooding.

Coastal Flood Advisory: The advisory will run through 8am Tuesday morning for Outer Banks Dare and Hyde counties as well as Carteret and Craven counties. Water level rises of 2 to 3 feet above normal will be possible along the ocean side of the Outer Banks. Similar rises will be possible over the southern Pamlico Sound into downeast Carteret county and southern Craven county. The peak rise will come at high tide just before sunrise and a few hours before sunset.

A High Surf Advisory is also in effect for all beaches with waves in the surf zone of 5 to 7 feet. Dangerous rip currents and some minor beach erosion are likely through early Tuesday.

The winds will start to relax a bit on Tuesday as the storm pulls to the north of our coastline.


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