By Outer Banks Voice on March 17, 2021
This message, posted this morning by the National Weather Service at Newport/Morehead City, conveys near certainty that we are in for some wild weather for our region tomorrow.
“IMPORTANT* High confidence that we will have severe weather on Thursday. Could be a high impact event with widespread damaging winds and isolated strong tornadoes. Everyone is urged to have a plan for shelter & multiple ways to get warnings.”
Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. These storms will be capable of producing tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail.
Strong northerly winds are forecast to develop behind the cold front Friday and continue into the weekend. The strong winds will produce high water levels in areas adjacent to the Pamlico Sound south of Hatteras from Friday afternoon into the weekend. This will result in minor to moderate coastal flooding with water levels 1 to 3 feet above ground level beginning late Friday afternoon and continuing into at least Saturday.
In addition, possible coastal flooding, ocean overwash, and beach erosion aided by wave runup will occur at times of high tide along the northeast facing beaches of the Outer Banks north of Cape Hatteras over the weekend.