• 66°

Increased swells, rip currents from Hurricane Isaias expected to begin Friday for Outer Banks

The National Weather Service warns increased swells from Hurricane Isaias and high rip current risk will arrive late Friday afternoon and will continue through early next week. Very dangerous swimming conditions are forecast.

Uncertainty exists as to timing and intensity of this storm system.

Currently, the storm is a Category 1 Hurricane. The National Weather Service predicts sustained wind speeds of 74 miles per hour along the Outer Banks and tropical storm force winds inland. The threshold wind speed for a category 1 is 74 miles per hour. Gusts to 91 miles per hour are predicted.

In a Friday morning briefing, Eric Heden with the National Weather Service in Morehead City said Hurricane Isaias “should be a fast mover.”

The current forecast track shows winds ramping up Monday afternoon and hitting peak sustained speeds Monday night between 10 and midnight and then quickly falling off.

Current rainfall predictions show up to one and one-half inches of rain along the Outer Banks and up to three inches inland.

North Carolina’s state emergency management director Mike Sprayberry said at a news conference July 30: “At four days out, impacts to the State are still unclear and much could change but if you reside in eastern NC, make no mistake, you must be ready. People living in areas prone to hurricane-caused flooding, should make a plan to stay with family or friends, or at a hotel, if they have to evacuate. Staying at a shelter will not be a good primary option during the pandemic and should only be a last resort. We are encouraging those living in a safe place inland to offer to let family or friends evacuate to their home. Non-congregate sheltering options like hotels and dormitories are preferred this year, but not guaranteed.”

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RELATED:

Ocracoke entry restrictions in place in advance of Hurricane Isaias

News

NC State researchers predict 2021 hurricane season will be active

Crime

FBI increases reward for information on deaths of three women in North Carolina

Crime

Former Ft. Bragg private sentenced to over 12 years in prison after taking minor across state lines in fake kidnapping

News

Construction accident at old Bonner Bridge demolition site results in death

News

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

News

Nags Head commissioners approve text amendments to UDO

News

State and local COVID-19 update

News

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City hoists two people stranded in marsh near Mockhorn Island, Virginia

News

Interstate 85 Welcome Center, rest area near Virginia state line closed for renovations

Crime

Driver faces multiple charges after child struck, killed in North Carolina

News

Dare commissioners take next step in Home Health and Hospice process

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 18 years in prison for drug, firearm charges

Hyde

Ferry routes between Swan Quarter, Cedar Island and Ocracoke resume service, dredging continues

News

NCDOT to install temporary zipper merge in Carteret County

News

Court rules Duck beach access is private

News

Wake County won’t pursue criminal complaint of Louis DeJoy

Lifestyles

Lineman Appreciation Day recognizes critical role

News

Halifax County man becomes latest Millionaire Maker top prize winner

Crime

North Carolina sheriff’s office identifies two found dead; foul play suspected

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to prison, ordered to pay over $6 million in restitution for wire fraud

News

Corridor in place to access Cape Point due to oystercatcher breeding

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Community Foundation accepting applications for Focus grants

News

White House issuing reports on states’ infrastructure needs

News

North Carolina weekly gas price update