Storm coming for Easter weekend

Published 5:23 pm Friday, April 7, 2023

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Early Friday morning, April 7, 2023, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands starting Saturday at 5 a.m. and running through Sunday night to 11 p.m.

Winds are predicted to blow from the northeast at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The highest winds will be Easter Sunday. Duck and Engelhard are predicted to have a maximum gust of 39 miles per hour. Avon is expected to see a 48-mile per hour maximum gust.

A cold front is now stalled off the coast just south of the Outer Banks. This cold front is forecast to bring windy, cold and wet weather over the next three days.

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Both Pamlico Sound and ocean waters are under a gale warning. Dangerous seas and rip currents are anticipated. Ocean seas could build to 10 to 15 feet.

Wave height on east-facing beaches is predicted to be 10 to 12 feet and on the south-facing beach on Hatteras Island, 7 to 10 feet.

The National Weather Service warns of minor ocean overwash within several hours of high tide starting Saturday and going through Monday.

The National Weather Service says “travel on NC 12 may be impacted.”

Soundside flooding is expected to hit the southwestern shoreline of Pamlico Sound.

Rainfall through Sunday night will average two to three inches on Hatteras Island and one to 1.5 inches on Dare County’s northern beaches and the Dare mainland.