High level clouds will start to creep over eastern Carolina communities ahead of Maria's approach. Temps will dip slightly, dropping to the low 80s with northeasterly winds at 7 to 15 mph. Coastal winds will range between 10 to 20 mph out of the northeast. Wave heights along area beaches will continue to increase, with the Crystal Coast seeing 4' to 6' waves and the Outer Banks experiencing 6' to 9' swells.
This three day period will mark the heaviest impacts we will feel from Maria. The official forecast from the Hurricane Center continues to show a north to northwesterly track to start the work week, which will put the storm about 100 to 200 miles off our coast by Tuesday night through Wednesday. As of Monday morning, we are anticipating high surf, high rip current threats and beach erosion for most eastern Carolina beaches, especially on the Outer Banks. The Outer Banks will experience the strongest winds, ranging between 35 to 40 mph sustained with gusts potentially reaching 50 mph. Wave heights will increase to 7' to 10' for the Crystal Coast while the Outer Banks should see 10'+ waves. Peak wave heights will occur Tuesday into Wednesday.
Monday: Slightly cooler, in the lower 80s. Mostly sunny with high clouds rolling in gradually. Northerly to northeasterly winds at 7 to 15 mph.
Monday Night: Clouds continue to roll in. Lows in the upper 60s to low 70s with winds out of the northeast at 7 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and windy with highs in the low 80s. Rain chance: 30% coast.
*Tropical Storm Watch for all waters until further notice*
Winds will blow out of the northeast from 20 to 30 knots on Monday. Offshore swells will range from 7 to 10 feet. Waves heights will run around 1 to 3 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
|Beach Forecast||OBX / Crystal Coast|
|Air Temp||82 / 85|
|Water Temp||75 / 75|
|Waves||7-10ft / 5-7ft|