Weather Update (10/11/2016)

Local Update (10/11/2016 1:10PM)

There is a new update from Dare County Emergency Management. It includes important storm-related information about the Dare County Water Department, Disaster Relief, debris collection, FEMA, food and nutrition services, the National Park Service and the Town of Southern Shores. Click on the link above to read this information.

There are no access restrictions north of Oregon Inlet. Access to Hatteras Island remains restricted and is limited to residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes.

 

 

Local Update (10/11/2016 9:45AM)

Visitor Access Is Open For Areas of the Outer Banks North of Oregon Inlet

Dare County has lifted all restrictions for areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet. Restrictions remain in place for Hatteras Island.

Read the latest bulletin from Dare County here.

Update 9:45 AM – Currituck County reports Visitor Access restrictions have been lifted.

 

Local Update (10/10/2016 3:45PM)

Curfews have been lifted. Entry Restrictions Still In Place.

The curfews that were in place last evening for areas of Dare County have been lifted.

Overview of Post-Storm Entry Restrictions In Place

The following are allowed entry.

Currituck County Outer Banks

  • Essential Personnel (Utilities, Government, Medical)
  • Permanent Residents
  • Essential Personnel for Critical Business
  • Non-Resident Property Owners
  • Non-Resident Employees of Businesses

Dare County Outer Banks (North of Oregon Inlet)

  • Essential Personnel (Utilities, Government, Medical)
  • Permanent Residents
  • Essential Personnel for Critical Business
  • Non-Resident Property Owners
  • Non-Resident Employees of Businesses

Dare County Outer Banks (South of Oregon Inlet)

  • Essential Personnel (Utilities, Government, Medical)
  • Permanent Residents
  • Essential Personnel for Critical Business

Effective at 7:00 AM on Tuesday October 11, Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses will be allowed entry south of Oregon Inlet.

Dare County officials will discuss visitor entry on Tuesday October 11.

Read the latest Dare County Bulletin here.

Our crews have been assessing damage today. Here are some pictures from Corolla.

Ocean Sands in Corolla
Ocean Sands in Corolla
Lighthouse Drive, Corolla
Lighthouse Drive, Corolla

 

 

 

 

 

Local Update (10/10/2016 2:30PM)

Visitor Entry to Dare County And Currituck County Outer Banks will not be discussed by officials until Tuesday.

 

 

Local Update (10/10/2016 1:30PM)

Visitor Entry To Dare County And Currituck County Outer Banks Continues to be Restricted.

Non-Resident North Of Oregon Inlet Property Owners Will Be Allowed Access Today at 2:00 PM

Non-Resident South Of Oregon Inlet Property Owners Ill Be Allowed Access Tuesday at 7:00 AM

Non-Resident Employees Of Businesses Will Be Allowed Entry With A Reentry Pass

Read the entire bulletin here

 

Local Update (10/10/2016 10:30AM)

Entry To Dare County Continues to be Restricted As Damage Assessments Are Being Made

This includes access to the Currituck County Outer Banks.

Access is restricted to Permanent Residents and Essential Personnel.

Damage assessment teams are working to assess the conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew. Local officials are aware that property owners and visitors need access to the area and emergency crews are working diligently and access will be permitted as conditions improve and it can safely be done.

Significant portions of Dare County are still experiencing hazardous road conditions and power outages.

Read the entire bulletin here.

We will continue to monitor conditions and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

Local Update (10/10/2016 10:00AM)

We are still waiting for an update from Dare County Emergency Management regarding Restricted Access.

Right now, access is still restricted to Permanent Residents and Essential Personnel.

As soon as we receive the update, it will be posted here.

Matthew Update (10/9/2016 5:00PM)

Please read the updates below for information on Restricted Access and Imposed Curfews

All Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches have been discontinued.

The National Hurricane Center has issued it’s last advisory on Matthew.

Winds are expected to remain gusty tonight. Tomorrow will be sunny with a north breeze.

We will continue to monitor conditions and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

Local Update (10/9/2016 4:40PM)

At 4:30 this afternoon, the Dare County Control Group announced curfews for some areas of Dare County.

Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo and unincorporated areas of Dare County will enforce a 7:00 PM Sunday to 7:00 AM Monday curfew.

Restricted Access into Dare County and the Currituck County Outer Banks remains in effect until announced otherwise. Only Essential Personnel, Permanent Residents and Essential Personnel for Critical Business will be allowed access at this time. All others will be turned away.

Read the entire bulletin

Local Update (10/9/2016 12:25PM)

At 12:00 PM today (just a short time ago) the Dare County Control Group announced restricted access to all of Dare County and the Currituck County Outer Banks. Access is restricted to Essential Personnel, Permanent Residents and Essential Personnel for Critical Business. Read the entire bulletin here.

Local Update (10/9/2016 9:30AM)

NC-12 Closed in Southern Shores
NC-12 Closed in Southern Shores

Several roads in Dare County are closed due to flooding. NC-12 remains closed in both directions at Duck Road and Ocean Boulevard in Southern Shores.

We have also heard several reports about the Beach Road (NC-12) from Kitty Hawk through Nags Head. In some places the water is knee- to waist-high. Several areas of US-158 (Bypass) between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head also have standing water.

Dare County Emergency Management is advising everyone to remain indoors. Do not attempt to travel until conditions improve. Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling (252) 475-5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

 

 

Local Update (10/9/2016 8:10AM)

High winds reaching near hurricane force, significant flooding and rain will continue through early this evening. Flooding overnight caused dangerous road conditions, prompting closure of several roads throughout Dare County. Emergency Management is advising everyone to remain indoors. Do not attempt to travel until conditions improve. Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling (252) 475-5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

Matthew Update (10/9/2016 5:50AM)

Matthew
Matthew forecast

A Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning remain in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County.

The latest statement from Dare County Emergency Management was released at 5:30 this morning. Read it here. It has important information about road closures.

Hurricane Matthew has transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone. However, strong winds surrounding the core of the storm are battering the Outer Banks. The strongest winds are expected in the area for at least 24 hours. Wind gusts over 70 MPH will persist until around noon today. The bulk of the rain is over, but the flooding is significant.

We will continue to monitor conditions and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

 

Local Update (10/8/2016 11:55PM)

Dare County Emergency Management has just announced that NC12 is closed at Duck Road and Ocean Boulevard in Southern Shores due to standing water.

Matthew Update (10/8/2016 11:20PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning remain in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Dare County or Currituck County.

Dare County Emergency Management is reporting that NC12 is closed south of Nags Head from the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe due to blowing sand, heavy rain and standing water.

Torrential downpours and very strong winds are being reported across the Outer Banks tonight. East winds gusting as high as 60 MPH will continue overnight. Winds will shift to the north tomorrow morning, gusting as high as 80 MPH.

The latest official forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Matthew passing within 100 to 125 miles south of the northern Outer Banks Sunday morning.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

 

Matthew Update (10/8/2016 5:20PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until midnight tonight.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Dare County or Currituck County. All roads and bridges are open. The latest Bulletin from Dare Country Emergency Management, released at 4:00 this afternoon, can be found here. Currituck County issued their latest advisory at 3:00 this afternoon.

The latest official forecast has Matthew being downgraded to a Tropical Storm in the next 12 hours, with the center passing within 100 to 125 miles south of the northern Outer Banks Sunday morning. That is a bit closer to the area than was previously forecast, and will increase the impacts across the Outer Banks.

Tropical Storm-force winds are expected to affect the northern Outer Banks for a period of time late tonight through tomorrow morning. Wind gusts to 75 MPH may occur during the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.  Upwards of 8 inches of rain is forecast, with the bulk of the rain (4+ inches) falling overnight tonight.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

Local Update (10/8/2016 4:10PM)

Dare County Emergency Management has issued another advisory. It contains specific information for residents and visitors to Duck and Southern Shores, along with important details you need to know as Matthew approaches the area. Read the bulletin here.

Matthew Update (10/8/2016 11:30AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Dare County or Currituck County. All roads and bridges are open. The latest Bulletin from Dare Country Emergency Management, released a short time ago, can be found here.

The latest official forecast has Matthew being downgraded to a Tropical Storm later today, and passing within 130 to 150 miles south of the northern Outer Banks Sunday morning. Matthew will transition to a post-tropical low pressure system late tomorrow or Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Matthew will become entangled with a cold front, and the new NHC forecast calls for Matthew to become absorbed within this frontal system within the next couple of days.  During the next 12 to 24 hours, while the Matthew is hugging the US coast and taking on a more extratropical structure, the tropical-storm-force winds are expected to expand and strengthen in the western semicircle and continue to affect portions of the coast within the warning area. — National Hurricane Center, Forecast Discussion #42

Tropical Storm-force winds are expected to brush the northern Outer Banks for a period of time late tonight through tomorrow morning. Wind gusts to 55 MPH are anticipated.  Upwards of 8 inches of rain is forecast, with the bulk of the rain (4+ inches) falling overnight.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

Matthew Update (10/8/2016 8:30AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Dare County or Currituck County. All roads and bridges are open.

The latest official forecast from the National Hurricane Center has a weakened Matthew a little further to our south tomorrow morning. At it’s closest approach, Matthew will remain approximately 170-200 miles south of the northern Outer Banks. Strong winds, heavy rain and possible overwash are anticipated during the weekend.

The largest rainfall amounts are expected to occur south and west of the Pamlico Sound.

Dare County Emergency Management released a statement yesterday, warning of possible road closures and travel restrictions, mainly on Hatteras Island, as Matthew begins to interact with the area. Hatteras Island will feel more effects from Matthew, due to proximity.

For the northern Outer Banks, the worst conditions will be felt late tonight through early Sunday afternoon, with heavy rain, thunderstorms, and winds gusting as high as 55 MPH. Upwards of 8 inches of rain can be expected, with locally higher amounts.

With the heavy rain forecast for the northern Outer Banks, it is important to know that several local roads are susceptible to ponding water or extreme ocean overwash. NC-12 through Southern Shores and Duck could have deep, standing water due to heavy rain. NC-12 in Kitty Hawk (Beach Road) is vulnerable to ocean overwash during storms, especially in the hours around high tide.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

Matthew Update (10/7/2016 11:15PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County. A Flash Flood Watch and Gale Warning are in effect for Currituck County.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Dare County or Currituck County. All roads and bridges are currently open.

Matthew’s position is forecast to be approximately 150 miles from the northern Outer Banks on Sunday morning, as a Tropical Storm. At that time, Matthew will start moving southeast, away from the area. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected this weekend.

Dare County Emergency Management released a statement earlier this evening, warning of possible road closures and travel restrictions, mainly on Hatteras Island, as Matthew begins to interact with the area. Hatteras Island will feel more effects from Matthew, due to proximity.

For the northern Outer Banks, the worst conditions will be felt late Saturday night through early Sunday afternoon, with heavy rain, thunderstorms, and winds gusting as high as 55 MPH. 4 to 7 inches of rain can be expected in this area, with locally higher amounts.

With the heavy rain forecast for the northern Outer Banks, it is important to know that several local roads are susceptible to ponding water or extreme ocean overwash. NC-12 through Southern Shores and Duck could have deep, standing water due to heavy rain. NC-12 in Kitty Hawk (Beach Road) is vulnerable to ocean overwash during storms, especially in the hours around high tide.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

Dare County Update (10/7/2016 8:00PM)

The latest Dare County Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew, released a short time ago, is available here.

 

Matthew Update (10/7/2016 6:50PM)

 

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County, including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Currituck County, including Corolla.

Hurricane Matthew’s position is forecast to be between 155 and 175 miles from the northern Outer Banks early Sunday morning. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected throughout the area this weekend.

Dare County Emergency Management released a statement earlier today, warning of possible road closures and travel restrictions, mainly on Hatteras Island, as Matthew begins to interact with the area. Hatteras Island will feel more effects from Matthew, due to proximity.

For the northern Outer Banks, the worst conditions will be felt late Saturday night through early Sunday afternoon, with heavy rain, thunderstorms, and winds gusting as high as 55 MPH. 4 to 6 inches of rain can be expected, with locally higher amounts.

Keep in mind that no evacuations have been ordered for Dare County or Currituck County.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

 

Dare County Update (10/7/2016 12:55PM)

Dare County Emergency Management is warning of possible road closures and travel restrictions, primarily on Hatteras Island, as Matthew begins to interact with our area. Read the Dare County Emergency Management statement here, which was released to the public a short time ago.

Dare County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. There are no evacuation orders.

Matthew Update (10/7/2016 11:40AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Dare County Outer Banks. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. The Tropical Storm Warning extends southward to Surf City, NC.

The Currituck Outer Banks, including Corolla, are not included in the Tropical Storm Warning area.

The forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has been adjusted a bit to the north and west, meaning the effects of Matthew will be felt further north than previously forecast.

At it’s closest approach on Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center depicts Matthew as a strong Tropical Storm (70 MPH winds) about 180 miles south of Duck, NC. At that point in the forecast, Matthew is already making it’s turn to the south and east.

There is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for the entire area this weekend.

Trace amounts of rain are expected today and tonight. For Saturday, showers and thunderstorms are forecast with rain amounts between 1 and 2 inches. Winds will be out of the east at less than 20 MPH.

Saturday night, rain will be heavy at times, with an additional 3 to 4 inches possible. Winds will be out of the northeast up to 25 MPH.

Sunday, the heavy rain continues with an additional 1 to 2 inches possible. Winds will shift to the north and increase to 35-40 MPH with gusts as high as 50 MPH.

By Monday, the forecast calls for sunny skies with some lingering wind.

Several area events scheduled for this weekend have either been cancelled or postponed. Please check with event organizers for more details.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information as it comes in.

Local Update (10/7/2016 9:45AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew’s forecast track still keeps it several hundred miles south of the northern Outer Banks. There are no watches, warnings or evacuation orders in effect for either Dare County or Currituck County. Hyde County’s evacuation of Ocracoke Island visitors remains in effect.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected across the northern Outer Banks beginning Saturday morning. The forecast now calls for 5-8 inches of rain over the weekend as Hurricane Matthew makes it’s closest approach. Sunday could see wind gusts as high as 48 MPH across the area.

Higher rain amounts, wind speeds and storm surge flooding are anticipated for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

Conditions will start to improve Sunday evening, with just a slight chance of rain. Columbus Day Monday will be mostly sunny and windy with highs in the upper 60s.

High surf across the Outer Banks from Cape Hatteras North will continue Sunday into Monday. Vulnerable spots like Kitty Hawk could experience issues from erosion at multiple high tide cycles and suffer some over wash. — National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

Dare County Emergency Management released a statement yesterday, warning of locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding possibilities. Although there are no travel restrictions (in place or anticipated), driving conditions may become hazardous as the weather turns.

Several area events scheduled for this weekend have either been cancelled or postponed. Please check with event organizers for more details.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information.

Local Update (10/6/2016 3:00PM)

There has been no change in the track of Hurricane Matthew. The worst of the weather is expected to remain well south of the northern Outer Banks. Wind gusts of 40 to 45 MPH may be possible late Saturday night into Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible along the northern Outer Banks this weekend.

Dare County Emergency Management has released a statement warning of locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding possibilities. Although there are no travel restrictions (in place or anticipated), driving conditions may become hazardous as the weather turns. Read the entire statement here.

Several events in the area, including the Duck Jazz Festival, Mustang Festival, Kitty Hawk Fall Festival, and the Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament have either been cancelled or postponed. Please check with event organizers.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information.

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/6/2016 9:00AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

The forecast for Hurricane Matthew continues to be very positive for the northern Outer Banks. Matthew is still expected to remain several hundred miles to our south at it’s closest approach Sunday morning. The ideas behind this forecast, along with the data, have remained consistent for the last 36 hours.

There are no watches or warnings for the Outer Banks, and there are no evacuation orders for either Dare or Currituck Counties.

The waves near the Duck Research Pier are expected to remain between two and three feet for the next five days.

Beginning on Saturday, the area is expected to see rainfall amounts totaling between 2 and 4 inches. Winds will gust at times, but nowhere near storm force. Columbus Day is forecast to be Mostly Sunny with highs in the Upper 60s.

Expecting our first touch of fall [next week] as high pressure builds into the area from the north with cooler and drier conditions. — National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and update this blog with pertinent information.

Hurricane Matthew (10/5/2016 5:00PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Matthew is consistent with the forecast issued 6 hours ago. Matthew is expected to begin a turn to the northeast away from the South Carolina coast on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday afternoon, Matthew is heading on a southeasterly course. This forecast continues to show Matthew never reaching the latitude of the NC/SC border.

There are currently no watches or warnings posted for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuations ordered for Dare or Currituck Counties.

Dare County remains in a State of Emergency. Read the statement.

Also, read the latest Currituck County statement.

Please continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew, as we continuously update this blog with pertinent information.

 

 

Dare County Update (10/5/2016 1:00PM)

Dare County Emergency Management has released a statement regarding Hurricane Matthew. Read the entire statement here.

The next forecast update from the National Hurricane Center will be released at 5:00PM.

Hurricane Matthew (10/5/2016 11:30AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

The latest forecast is in from the National Hurricane Center, and it continues to project good news for the northern Outer Banks. At 11:00AM, NHC forecasts Hurricane Matthew to have it’s closest approach to our area on Sunday morning. That distance is projected to be approximately 250 miles to the south of Duck, well beyond the 180-mile radius of tropical storm-force winds. Matthew will be moving east on Sunday, then just south of east on Monday (at a much slower speed).

There is still the potential for some minor to moderate impacts on Eastern NC.

The threat of dangerous life threatening conditions has diminished with the new forecast track, but we urge continued caution across Eastern NC. We are hopeful this model trend continues and the most significant impacts are not realized in Eastern NC. However it is too early to completely let our guard down. — National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

Hyde County officials started evacuating visitors on Ocracoke Island. Read their latest update here.

Dare County remains under a State of Emergency, and officials are meeting today to discuss further action.

There are no watches or warnings for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuation orders in effect for Dare or Currituck Counties.

Please continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew, as we continuously update this blog with pertinent information.

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/5/2016 7:00AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

The forecast continues to trend towards a slower, more southern and easterly track for Hurricane Matthew.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows the center of Matthew will get about 220 miles from the northern Outer Banks as it makes a dramatic turn to the east. The time of closest approach will be in the Sunday morning to Monday morning time range, with winds around the eye between 80-100 MPH. The area still could see Tropical Storm conditions over the weekend.

Please continue to monitor the weather as you make your travel plans. We will continue to update this blog and share any changes in the official forecast track, alerts for local travel conditions and any potential impacts to the area.

Dare County remains in a State of Emergency. Hyde County has started the evacuation of Ocracoke Island visitors.

At this time, however, there are still no Watches or Warnings for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuation orders in effect for Dare or Currituck Counties.

 

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/4/2016 11:50PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

Dare County remains in a State of Emergency. Read the release from earlier today here.

Ocracoke Island will begin evacuating visitors at 5:00AM Wednesday October 5. Read more from this Hyde County press release.

The latest forecast (11:00 PM 10/4/2016) from the National Hurricane Center depicts another eastward shift, keeping the eye offshore. Matthew is a large storm, and it is important not to focus on the center of the track. Heavy rain and storm force winds may extend 100 miles or more from the eye, and the impacts will be widespread. The closest approach of Hurricane Matthew will occur during the overnight hours of Saturday into early Sunday morning, with winds between 80-100 MPH closest to the eye.

At this time, however, there are still no Hurricane Watches or Warnings for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuation orders in effect for Dare or Currituck Counties.

The margin of error is still approximately 150 miles on either side Saturday’s forecast position.

While forecast uncertainty has increased a bit for Hurricane Matthew, we still urge residents of Eastern NC to prepare for potentially extremely dangerous life threatening impacts across portions of the area from a wide range of associated threats. – National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/4/2016 5:30PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

A State Of Emergency has been declared in Dare County. What does this mean? Read the release here.

The latest National Hurricane Center forecast for Hurricane Matthew is out, which is showing a more eastward motion at the end of the forecast period as compared to the prediction made just six hours ago.

This new forecast shows Hurricane Matthew, with winds near 100 MPH,  passing over land near Morehead City, NC during the late afternoon hours of Saturday October 8, 2016. The track continues northeast throughout the evening, passing over Nags Head late Saturday night. This area can expect very large waves, dangerous surf, rip currents, beach erosion, heavy rain and coastal flooding.

The margin of error is still approximately 150 miles on either side of the Saturday forecast position.

Only a small deviation of the track to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of a major hurricane onshore, while a small deviation to the right could keep all of the hurricane-force winds offshore. It will likely take another day or so for the potential impacts of Matthew in the United States to clarify. – National Hurricane Center Forecast Discussion

At this time, however, there are still no Hurricane Watches or Warnings for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuation orders in effect.

Please continue to monitor the weather as you make your travel plans. We will update this blog and share any changes in the official forecast track, alerts for local travel conditions and any potential impacts to the area.

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/4/2016 11:25AM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew Forecast from the National Hurricane Center

The updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center has shifted westward. Their forecast now has Matthew making landfall on the morning of Saturday October 8 near Wilmington, NC as a 105 MPH hurricane. The forecast calls for Matthew to exit near the North Carolina/Virginia border later in the day on Saturday October 8.

The margin of error in the forecast track on Day 4 (Saturday October 8) is 150 Nautical Miles. This means that Matthew could be 150 NM inland, or 150 NM offshore by Saturday October 8.

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend, even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the remainder of the U.S. east coast farther north. At a minimum, very dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend. – National Hurricane Center Forecast Discussion

At this time, there are still no Hurricane Watches or Warnings for the Outer Banks. There are no evacuation orders in effect.

Please continue to monitor the weather as you make your travel plans. We will update this blog and share any alerts for local travel conditions and any potential impacts to the area.

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/4/2016 9:30AM)

Hurricane Matthew Forecast
Hurricane Matthew Forecast from the National Hurricane Center

There has been no change in the forecast track for Hurricane Matthew. The latest official forecast calls for a 100 MPH hurricane near Oregon Inlet by Sunday morning at 2:00 AM.

There is a large margin of error 5 days out, and still the possibility for a shift in track.

At this time, there are still no Hurricane Watches or Warnings for the Outer Banks. No evacuations have been ordered.

We are continuously monitoring Hurricane Matthew and will post updates throughout the event.

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/3/2016 11:30PM)

Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew Forecast from the National Hurricane Center

Earlier this evening, there was a significant westward shift of the official National Hurricane Center forecast, bringing Hurricane Matthew closer to the coast near the end of the 5-day forecast period.

That trend continues with the latest advisory just released at 11:00 PM.

According to this new forecast, Hurricane Matthew will be just offshore of Cape Fear on the southeastern coast of North Carolina at 8:00 PM Saturday October 8. The forecast calls for sustained winds of 105 MPH at that point in the forecast.

There are no hurricane watches, warnings or evacuation orders for any portion of the Outer Banks.

While it is still too early to predict exact impacts for eastern North Carolina, regardless of track, very large waves, dangerous surf, rip currents, beach erosion, heavy rain and coastal flooding are expected to occur late this week into the weekend. – National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

 

Hurricane Matthew (10/3/2016 1:30PM)

Hurricane Matthew Forecast
Hurricane Matthew Update from the National Hurricane Center

We continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew as it makes its way through the Caribbean Sea.

There are currently no watches or warnings in effect for the Outer Banks. There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for the Outer Banks. This includes Currituck and Dare counties.

It is still too soon to determine whether, or how, Hurricane Matthew could affect the U.S. east coast

At 8:00 AM on Saturday 10/8/2016, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center (11:00 AM 10/3/2016), the center of Hurricane Matthew will still be approximately 300 miles offshore. At that time, it is forecast that Hurricane Matthew will have winds of 110 MPH, a Category 2 storm. However, there is a 200 nautical mile margin of error in this forecast position… which means it could actually be 230 miles in any direction from that forecast position.

It is important to note that between Friday and Saturday, Matthew is forecast to start a slight easterly turn.

We encourage you to monitor the weather as you make your travel plans. We will update this blog and share any alerts for local travel conditions and any potential impacts to the area.

Hurricane Matthew (9/30/2016)

Forecast for Hurricane Matthew as of 30-September-2016 3:00 PM ET
Hurricane Matthew forecast from the National Hurricane Center

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it makes its way through the Atlantic. While some early models show potential rain and wind for North Carolina, no alerts from state or local officials have been issued at this time. As we move through the weekend, we expect the accuracy of these models that forecast the storm’s path to improve. We encourage you to monitor the weather as you make your travel plans. We will update this blog and share any alerts for potential impacts to the area as well as keep you up to date on local travel conditions.