While Long Island and New England prepare for possibly the first landfalling hurricane in three decades, the Outer Banks will continue to experience rough surf and rip currents on Sunday as Henri heads away.
All beaches of North Carolina have experienced frequent, powerful rip currents and pounding shore break. No Swimming flags were up on Saturday, and will likely be posted again Sunday.
Surf heights of 6 to 10 feet are forecast to continue into tonight. However, no overwash has been reported along the Outer Banks.
High tide in Buxton, NC – no threat of overwash as of yet. @weatherchannel @NWSSPC @JMorrowweather @SamWalkerOBX @IslandFreePress @OBXtoday @NHC_Atlantic @kellycass @mikeseidel pic.twitter.com/LudHw7pfGc
— Janet Morrow Dawson – Cape Hatteras Motel (@JanetMDawson) August 21, 2021
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After circling Bermuda all this week, Henri finally turned northward on Friday. The center remained around 200 miles off our coast on Saturday as it became a hurricane.
While the conditions on the Outer Banks have not be conducive to going into the ocean for swimmers and lesser-skilled surfers and bodyboarders, it is welcome news for experienced surfers up and down the East Coast.
Beach 104’s Jody in the Morning talked Friday with REAL Watersports surf instructor Jeff Carver, aka The Phantom Surfer, about what the conditions were expected to look like this weekend.
The season’s eighth tropical cyclone and third hurricane is now predicted to make landfall Sunday along Long Island and then move into New England as a strong tropical storm.
The last hurricane to make landfall in that part of the country was Hurricane Bob exactly 30 years ago this week.
A weather system unrelated to Henri brought heavy rainfall and even a few waterspouts to the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina on Friday.
A few showers and storms have produced heavy rainfall in isolated locations on Saturday, and more of the same is forecast for the next couple of days.
National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Saturday 6 p.m.: