Rip currents, rough surf continue along Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Odette forms

Rough surf south of Jennette's Pier in Nags Head on Friday. [courtesy Surfchex.com]

After cruising along offshore of the Outer Banks, an area of disturbed weather causing onshore winds, rough surf and rip currents became Tropical Storm Odette late Friday afternoon.

The system is forecast to parallel the coast and keep the surf churned up, with deadly rip currents expected to be the only threat along the entire Eastern Seaboard for the final weekend of summer.

No Swimming flags were posted for some beaches on Friday, with a high risk of rip currents and dangerous shore break all along the Outer Banks.

On Saturday, a high risk of rip currents is forecast for the beaches from the state line to Cape Hatteras, including Carova Beach, Swan Beach, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Coquina Beach and Bodie Island, Pea Island, Roadanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton.

The south-facing beaches of Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke will have a moderate risk, and only experienced surf swimmers should enter the ocean.

The onshore flow, and increased tropical moisture from both Odette and the remnants of Nicholas to the south have lead to a mixture of clouds and sun throughout Friday along with periods of rainfall across eastern North Carolina. Rain chances will decrease over the weekend.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, Friday 5 p.m.:

Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 82. North wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 73. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 70.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 82.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Wednesday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 76.
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