NWS: ‘increasing confidence’ OBX will see Isaias impacts
By Outer Banks Voice on July 31, 2020
National Weather Service
Update: This is the July 31 6 p.m. update from the National Weather Service in Morehead City. It pushes back the timetable a bit. The “timing for likely impacts from Hurricane Isaias has slowed slightly. Impacts as early as Monday morning. Most likely impacts Monday afternoon/evening into Tuesday.”
July 31 at 7:51 a.m.: As Isaias has turned into a hurricane, the National Weather Service in Morehead City says “there is increasing confidence” that our region will see impacts from the storm.
These are some key points from a July 31 update at 6 a.m.
- Hurricane Isaias has increased in intensity to 80 mph.
- First impacts from this system will likely be increased swell/rip current risk arriving late today and continuing through early next week.
- Confidence in track forecast is medium at this time, but confidence is low for both timing and intensity.
- At this time, the potential for impacts to eastern North Carolina are increasing.
- Now is the time to check your hurricane plan and supplies. We are entering the most active portion of hurricane season.
This morning’s update indicates that the first impacts on the Outer Banks will be rip currents, which could begin as early as this afternoon and continue through early next week. There is the potential for hurricane level winds starting late Sunday night and lasting through Tuesday morning.
In addition, there is the potential for heavy rain and flash flooding in our region from late Sunday night through Tuesday morning and the possibility of elevated threats from tornadoes from Sunday night through Monday.