By Outer Banks Voice on September 29, 2022
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Dare County, which is in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The prediction is for northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
On the evening of Sept. 28, Dare County Emergency Management provided this outlook on the potential impacts of Hurricane Ian on our region.
As Ian tracks to the southeast US coast, the storm will interact with a stalled front with strong high pressure off the NC coast. As Ian interacts with that front, a pressure gradient will develop and bring prolonged periods of strong gusty northeast winds to our area Thursday into Saturday.
The wind will bring the potential for 1-3 feet of above ground oceanfront inundation over multiple tide cycles through Saturday. Ocean overwash is possible, especially in areas that experienced a loss of dunes over the past few weeks. The prolonged northeast wind will also make 1 to 2 feet of above ground inundation possible on soundside portions of Hatteras Island. The long duration wind will make ocean conditions hazardous with potential for 10-12 breaking waves in the surf zone. The tropical moisture pushing into the area will bring periods of heavy rain with up to 8 inches of rain possible along with the possibility for tornado activity Friday into the weekend.
Please keep up with the forecast at Hurricane Center or Local NWS Office and share potential impacts with those that are visiting our community. Tropical Information Page (weather.gov)
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