Drier air will move into the area on Friday with increasing sunshine by the late morning and afternoon. Highs will be in the middle 80s by the afternoon. Winds will blow from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
The beaches will see more sunshine as we head into Friday and the weekend. Afternoon highs will reach the middle 80s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Winds will remain out the the northeast at 10 to 15 mph for the next 2 to 3 days.
Tropical Storm Erika will continue to encounter wind shear and remain weak for the next 24 to 36 hours. Some strengthening is expected over the weekend.
At 11 pm Thursday, the storm was located at 16.6 N, 65.3 W, or about 1400 miles southeast of the North Carolina coastline. Erika was moving to the west at 17 mph, with sustained winds near 45 mph.
Friday: Becoming partly sunny with highs in the middle 80s. Winds from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear with lows in the middle 60s. Winds from the east at 2 to 4 mph.
Saturday: Mostly clear with highs in the upper 80s. Wind from the east at 4 to 8 mph.
Winds will be from the north to northeast at 10 to 15 knots through Saturday. Wave heights will be around 2 to 4 feet offshore and 1 foot on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Highs will reach the lower to middle 80s Friday under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Only a stray shower is expected. Winds will blow from the northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Rip Risk: Low risk Crystal Coast ; *Moderate risk Outer Banks* Water Temp: Upper 70s Outer Banks; Lower 80s Crystal Coast UV Index: Moderate for all beaches Wave Height: 2 to 3 ft. Outer Banks; 1 to 2 ft. Crystal Coast
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