Watching Maria

Quick Update (9/28/2017 9:15 AM)

Dare County announces that unrestricted access to Hatteras Island will resume at 1:00 this afternoon. Read the Press Release.


Tropical Storm Maria Final Update (9/28/2017 6:30 AM)

All Coastal Watches and Warnings Have Been Dropped

Hatteras, Ocracoke Island Visitor Evacuation Remains In Effect

At 5:00, Tropical Storm Maria, with 70 mph winds, was located over 275 east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, moving east-northeast at 7 mph. The remaining threats from Maria are lingering swells, which produce strong shore break and a high threat of rip currents. Red NO SWIMMING flags, a warning system used on our beaches, indicate that the currents are strong and the water is unsafe for swimming.

Last night, several inches of water covered portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands due to sound side flooding. Dare and Hyde County officials will announce when visitors will be allowed back in these areas.

Sunshine and warm summer breezes are in the forecast for today. A passing cold front will bring cooler, less humid weather tomorrow and through the weekend.

This is our last update on Tropical Storm Maria. If you are a current or incoming guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/27/2017 5:00 PM)

Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect North of Cape Hatteras

Storm Surge Watch Remains In Effect North of Cape Hatteras to Duck

Hatteras Island Visitor Evacuation Remains In Effect

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected or occurring in the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore.

At 5:00 PM the center of Hurricane Maria was located 205 miles from Cape Hatteras, as reported by the National Hurricane Center. Maria is moving north-northeast at 7 mph and has 75 mph winds. It is expected to turn east-northeastward on Thursday with increased forward speed. The last of the tropical storm winds will be exiting the area this evening. Dare County officials warn that the next high tide cycle is expected to bring additional overwash. Read their latest statement here. The next high tides:

Jennette’s Pier: 1:31 AM
Duck Research Pier: 1:31 AM
Currituck Beach Light: 1:36 AM

Conditions will gradually improve tomorrow, with diminishing winds and decreasing clouds. Cooler, less-humid conditions arrive on Friday, which will last through the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC issues local statements covering Dare County and points south. The statement covers Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA issues local statements covering Currituck County. The statement covers Corolla, and is available to read here.

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation Travel Information Messaging System. For the most up to date information regarding the status of Highway 12, visit the NCDOT NC12 page on Facebook.

We continue to communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/27/2017 11:00 AM)

Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect For The Outer Banks

Storm Surge Watch Remains In Effect For Dare County Outer Banks North of Cape Hatteras

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected or occurring in the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore.

At 11:00 AM, the National Hurricane Center reports that Maria has regained hurricane strength, and is approximately 165 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Maria is moving north-northeast at 6 mph with 75 mph winds. The western edge of the very large wind field associated with Maria remains over the Outer Banks, producing frequent winds gusts of 35-45 mph. As forecast, Maria has started to turn toward the north-northeast, and is forecast to accelerate toward the east-northeast tomorrow. On that track, the center of Maria will begin to move slowly away from the area later today and tonight.

The main impacts will continue to be associated with large surf, beach erosion and probable ocean overwash in typically flood-prone areas around the time of high tide this afternoon.

Today’s High Tide
Jennette’s Pier: 1:10 PM
Duck Research Pier: 1:09 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 1:15 PM

Highway 12 along the Outer Banks could be greatly impacted and may become impassable at times, especially along Pea Island. Elevated water levels of 1-2 feet (above ground level) remains a possibility along the oceanside. Soundside flooding is anticipated to occur mainly on the southern end of Hatteras Island.

No additional significant rainfall is forecast.

Conditions will gradually improve tomorrow, with diminishing winds and decreasing clouds. A cooler, drier airmass arrives on Friday and will last through the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC issues local statements covering Dare County and points south. The statement covers Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA issues local statements covering Currituck County. The statement covers Corolla, and is available to read here.

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation Travel Information Messaging System. For the most up to date information regarding the status of Highway 12, visit the NCDOT NC12 page on Facebook.

We continue to communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Tropical Storm Maria Update (9/27/2017 9:00 AM)

There have been very few changes with Tropical Storm Maria since our last update at 5:00 yesterday. Only the location and forward speed have changed. At 8:00 this morning, the National Hurricane Center reported that Maria was 155 miles east of Cape Hatteras. That position is also 174 miles from Duck. Maria’s movement has slowed to 5 mph.

All of the watches and warnings from last evening are still active.

We will provide a full update when the National Hurricane Center releases their next suite of bulletins at 11:00 this morning.


Tropical Storm Maria Update (9/26/2017 5:00 PM)

Tropical Storm Warning continues for the Outer Banks

Storm Surge Watch continues for the Dare County Outer Banks North of Cape Hatteras

Dare County Remains in a State of Emergency

The Mandatory Evacuation Remains In Effect for Hatteras Island Visitors

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected or occurring in the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore.

At 5:00 PM, the National Hurricane Center positioned newly downgraded Tropical Storm Maria, with 70 mph winds, approximately 160 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras. It is currently moving to the north at about 7 mph, and is forecast to remain offshore by 100-150 miles. Tropical storm force winds are moving across the Outer Banks, and are forecast to remain through Wednesday evening. The peak wind forecast is for 35-45 mph winds, gusting at times to 60 mph.

There is the potential for storm surge flooding of 2-4 feet above ground through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The southern end of Hatteras Island is susceptible to sound side flooding, and is under a Storm Surge Warning. Dare County Emergency Management warns that as local conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are likely, particularly along Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. Portions of the northern Outer Banks are also vulnerable to ocean overwash as Maria passes well east of the area, especially during the times of high tide.

High Tides Wednesday 9/27/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 12:35 AM, 1:10 PM
Duck Research Pier: 12:37 AM, 1:09 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 12:40 AM, 1:15 PM

High Tides Thursday 9/28/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 1:31 PM, 2:06 PM
Duck Research Pier: 1:31 AM, 2:06 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 1:36 AM, 2:11 PM

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation Travel Information Messaging System. For the most up to date information regarding the status of Highway 12, visit the NCDOT NC12 page on Facebook.

No additional significant rainfall is forecast, although a slight chance of showers is in the forecast through Wednesday night.

Sunshine is in the forecast starting Thursday, lasting through the early part of next week.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC issues local statements covering Dare County and points south. The statement covers Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA issues local statements covering Currituck County. The statement covers Corolla, and is available to read here.

We continue to communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/26/2017 11:00 AM)

Tropical Storm Warning continues for the Outer Banks

Storm Surge Watch continues for the Dare County Outer Banks North of Cape Hatteras

Dare County Remains in a State of Emergency

Dare County Continues Evacuation of Hatteras Island Visitors Only

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore.

At 11:00, Hurricane Maria, with 75 mph winds, was located 175 miles from Cape Hatteras. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Maria is forecast to become a tropical storm within the next day or so. Maria is moving north at 7 mph, and is expected to remain 100 to 150 miles offshore as it passes to our east. Maria is a large storm and our area will feel tropical storm force winds, especially in gusts, beginning today. There is a moderate threat of storm surge flooding, overwash and beach erosion as Maria slowly passes offshore over the next 36 hours. Rainfall amounts are forecast to be around an inch.

The peak winds anticipated for our area are in the 35-45 mph range, with gusts to 55 mph. The strong winds are expected to last through Wednesday evening.

The peak storm surge inundation for the Dare County Outer Banks is forecast to be 2-4 feet above ground. The most prone areas include the sound side areas of Hatteras Island from Frisco south. Also Highway 12 on Hatteras Island north through Pea Island and scattered locations along Highway 12 from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head. This is anticipated to last through Thursday morning, especially around the times of high tide.

High Tides Tuesday 9/26/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 12:19 PM
Duck Research Pier: 12:20 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 12:24 PM

High Tides Wednesday 9/27/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 12:35 AM, 1:10 PM
Duck Research Pier: 12:37 AM, 1:09 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 12:40 AM, 1:15 PM

High Tides Thursday 9/28/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 1:31 PM, 2:06 PM
Duck Research Pier: 1:31 AM, 2:06 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 1:36 AM, 2:11 PM

High surf will bring a high threat of dangerous rip currents, shore break and beach erosion across northeast North Carolina beaches. It is recommended that you stay out of the surf zone.

Another inch or so of rain is expected during the event, and the situation is unfavorable for tornadoes.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We continue to communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/26/2017 7:00 AM)

Dare County Remains Under a State of Emergency as Hurricane Maria Weakens.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks and the Currituck County Outer Banks. This includes Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla south through Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore, generally within 48 hours.

At 5:00 AM Hurricane Maria, with 75 mph winds, was located about 210 miles from Cape Hatteras. Maria is a Category 1 storm, moving slowly northward at 7 mph. It is forecast to continue moving northward, and it is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the Outer Banks beginning today. Maria is a large storm, with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 240 miles. It is expected to remain offshore by 100 – 150 miles. Our area can expect impacts to last into Wednesday night.

A more detailed update will be posted here later this morning.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We will communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/25/2017 5:00 PM)

Dare County Under A State of Emergency, Hatteras Island Visitors Evacuating.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks and the Currituck County Outer Banks. This includes Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla south through Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore, generally within 48 hours.

Read the Dare County statement here (PDF).

At 5 PM, Hurricane Maria was reported to be located 280 miles from Cape Hatteras. Maria has 80 mph winds, a Category 1 hurricane, and is moving slowly to the north at 7 mph. The National Hurricane Center forecast continues to show Maria remaining 100 to 150 miles offshore as it passes to the east of the Outer Banks. There is a large wind field associated with the hurricane, which currently extends 205 miles from the center. Very large seas will bring moderate to high impacts across portions of eastern North Carolina.

At this time, the greatest impacts from Maria are expected to be associated with large surf, beach erosion and ocean overwash. Highway 12 could be greatly impacted and may become impassable at times, especially along Pea Island. The most probable times of flooding will be around the times of high tide.

High Tides Tuesday 9/26/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 12:19 PM
Duck Research Pier: 12:20 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 12:24 PM

High Tides Wednesday 9/27/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 12:35 AM, 1:10 PM
Duck Research Pier: 12:37 AM, 1:09 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 12:40 AM, 1:15 PM

High Tides Thursday 9/28/2017
Jennette’s Pier: 1:31 PM, 2:06 PM
Duck Research Pier: 1:31 AM, 2:06 PM
Currituck Beach Light: 1:36 AM, 2:11 PM

Soundside flooding should be restricted mainly to southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, and the degree of flooding remains dependent upon how close Maria gets before recurving out to sea.

Tropical storm force wind speeds are anticipated to affect the area starting Tuesday morning. The peak wind forecast is for 35-45 mph with guests to 55 mph. Rainfall amounts look to be in the 1-2 inch range, and the National Weather Service does not expect significant impacts from rainfall flooding at this time. However, it could be compounded across the Outer Banks by the impacts associated with storm surge.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We will communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Update (9/25/2017 11:00 AM)

Dare County Declares State of Emergency, Orders Hatteras Island Visitors to Evacuate.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Currituck County Outer Banks. This includes Corolla.

A Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch are in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors does not impact our guests staying in Corolla south through Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore, generally within 48 hours.

Read the Dare County statement here (PDF).

At 11:00 AM, the National Hurricane Center reports the center of Maria, with winds of 80 mph, approximately 315 miles from Cape Hatteras. Maria is a Category 1 storm. The official forecast calls for Maria to slowly travel north off the North Carolina coast Tuesday through late Wednesday before an approaching cold front forces an eastward turn on Thursday. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days and Maria is forecast to become a tropical storm Tuesday night. Maria is not expected to make landfall, and will remain 100-150 miles offshore. But a large wind field, currently 230 miles from the center, will bring moderate to high impacts across the Outer Banks.

The greatest impacts are expected to be associated with the large surf impacting the coast. Beach erosion is likely and ocean overwash is possible in typically prone areas around the time of high tide beginning Tuesday and peaking Wednesday into Thursday. Highway 12, mainly on Pea Island, could be greatly impacted and may become impassable at times. Soundside flooding is mostly likely to occur on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, mainly from Buxton south.

Tropical storm force wind speeds are anticipated to affect the area starting Tuesday morning. The peak wind forecast is for 35-45 mph with guests to 55 mph. Maria is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over the Outer Banks through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We will communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Hurricane Maria Local Update (9/25/2017 10:10 AM)

Dare County declares State of Emergency

Dare County orders evacuation of Hatteras Island visitors

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and has declared a county-wide state of emergency. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

The Dare County Control Group also issued a mandatory evacuation for all Hatteras Island visitors effective at Noon today. This order is for Hatteras Island only, and does not include Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head.

Dare County officials are anticipating significant impacts for Hatteras Island, including high winds for a long duration and significant overwash and flooding from both the ocean and sound.

You can read the entire statement here (PDF).

The National Hurricane Center will update the forecast for Maria at 11:00 this morning, and we will post an update soon afterwards.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/25/2017 6:30 AM)

There are no evacuation orders for Dare or Currituck Counties

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Currituck County Outer Banks. This includes Corolla

A Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch are in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water pushing onshore, generally within 48 hours.

At 5:00 AM Hurricane Maria, with 80 mph winds, was located about 350 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. This location is also about 400 miles from the northern Outer Banks. Maria has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, and further weakening is expected. According to the latest official forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Maria should be a 70 mph tropical storm at the point of closest approach late Tuesday into Wednesday. Forecasters do not expect Maria to make landfall. It should pass between 100 and 150 miles offshore.

Tropical storm force winds of 35 to 45 mph, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph, are expected to spread along the coast tomorrow afternoon and continue into Wednesday night. Because of the slow forward motion of Maria, prolonged gusty north to northeast winds will lead to some storm surge inundation of 2 to 4 feet above ground level. This may produce minor to moderate coastal flooding and ocean overwash in vulnerable spots.

Rainfall amounts associated with Hurricane Maria are expected in the 1 to 3 inch range.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We will communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/24/2017 8:00 PM)

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Outer Banks, covering Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Outer Banks covering Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head

Hurricane Maria is located about 410 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving north at 9 mph, and will continue on this track for the next several days with a slower forward speed expected. Maria is forecast to move between 100 and 150 miles offshore of the North Carolina coast Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night. Tropical Storm force winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected to spread along the coast Tuesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday Night. The strongest winds are expected north of Cape Lookout and especially over the Outer Banks.

The prolonged gusty north to northeast winds will lead to storm surge inundation of 2 to 4 feet above ground mainly for the beaches north of Cape Lookout and adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound. This will produce minor to moderate coastal flooding with ocean overwash likely in spots. The very rough surf will continue the threat of life threatening rip currents all beaches.

Rainfall will be confined to mainly the immediate coast with amounts of 1 to 3 inches. This should produce only minor flooding of low lying areas.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, NC has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Dare County and points south. This statement covers our properties in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and is available to read here.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has issued a Hurricane Local Statement covering Currituck County. This statement covers our properties in Corolla, and is available to read here.

We will communicate with our current guests as the need arises. If you are a current guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/24/2017 5:30 PM)

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Outer Banks.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Outer Banks from Duck south.

Hurricane Maria, with 105 mph winds, is currently located 425 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. Maria is a Category 2 storm. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles. Maria is forecast to continue moving northward, paralleling the US east coast, and it is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast beginning Tuesday. Storm surge flooding, especially along the sound side of the Outer Banks, is possible beginning Tuesday. Swells from Maria are increasing along the coast, which will likely cause dangerous surf and rip currents at area beaches for much of the week.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions (winds of 39 mph or greater) are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

We are expecting Local Statements from the National Weather Service, along with official state and county government releases, which we will pass along as they come in.

We will also be communicating with our current and incoming guests as the need arises and the storm’s path becomes more evident. As of now, we are not directing our guests to alter their travel plans. If you are a current or arriving guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/24/2017 8:30 AM)

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. However, tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the US east coast later today.

Hurricane Maria, with winds of 110 mph, is currently located 530 miles from Cape Hatteras. Maria is a Category 2 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center is still calling for a track close to the east coast, which will likely contribute to some stormy conditions for our area towards the middle of the week. Right now, the greatest impacts are expected to be associated with the large surf impacting the coast. The slow moving nature of Maria will prolong and possibly enhance the impacts that eastern North Carolina receives. There is a high threat of strong rip currents. Large surf may lead to beach erosion and possibly ocean overwash around the time of high tide. Highway 12 on Pea Island could be greatly impacted by overwash later this week.

In addition, tropical storm force winds (39 mph or greater) will be possible as the week progresses. The National Westher Service is not expecting significant impacts from rainfall at this time, as amounts look to be in the 1 to 3 inch range.

We are keeping a close watch on Hurricane Maria by continuously monitoring forecasts and alerts from the National Hurricane Center and the local National Weather Service office. We are also on the lookout for information from Dare and Currituck County officials, and we will post all pertinent details here on this blog. We will also be communicating with our current and incoming guests as the need arises and the storm’s path becomes more evident. As of now, we are not directing our guests to alter their travel plans. If you are a current or arriving guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/23/2017 5:00 PM)

There are no watches or warnings posted for the United States

Hurricane Maria, with winds of 115 mph, is currently located 640 miles from Cape Hatteras. The National Hurricane Center is now calling for a track closer to the east coast over the next five days, which could affect our local weather next week. It is still too soon to determine specific impacts for eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks, which will be very dependent on how close it gets. Regardless of the exact track, rough surf and dangerous rip currents are likely through much of next week.

According to the local National Weather Service office in Morehead City, coastal areas can expect gusty north to northwest winds close to tropical storm force, minor coastal flooding, and possible ocean overwash/beach erosion next week.

You can monitor weather reports and be aware of any updated watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). For local weather conditions, visit http://www.weather.gov/mhx/.

For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Sign up to receive emergency notifications from Dare County Emergency Management at https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/emergency-alerts.

We are keeping a close watch on Hurricane Maria by continuously monitoring forecasts and alerts from the National Hurricane Center and the local National Weather Service office. We are also on the lookout for information from Dare and Currituck County officials, and we will post all pertinent details here on this blog. We will also be communicating with our current and incoming guests as the need arises and the storm’s path becomes more evident. As of now, we are not directing our guests to alter their travel plans. If you are a current or arriving guest of Carolina Designs Realty, and you have questions about the storm, please contact us as (800) 368-3825.


Watching Hurricane Maria (9/23/2017 8:00 AM)

There are no watches or warnings posted for the United States

The National Hurricane Center is posting advisories on Hurricane Maria, currently located east of the Bahamas (800 miles from the Outer Banks). Maria has 120 mph winds, making it a Category 3 storm. The official forecast has Maria moving generally in a northward direction over the next four days before heading out to sea during mid-week. On this track, Maria will not get within 200 miles of the northern Outer Banks.

Swells from Maria are expected to increase along the southeastern US and will likely cause high surf and dangerous rip currents for the next several days.

Maria will likely move between the east coast and Bermuda by the middle of next week. It is still too soon to determine what, if any, direct impacts there might be in our area.

We will continue to watch Maria, posting any urgent advisories affecting our area. Should the need arise, we will communicate with our current and incoming guests. If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 368-3825.