Tropical storm warning in effect for the Outer Banks; main impacts expected overnight

NWS graphic showing tropical storm warning for N.C. coast

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Outer Banks and Dare County Emergency Management is urging visitors and residents to have multiple way to receive weather warnings overnight, with “at least one that will wake you up.”

Tropical Depression Claudette will move over eastern North Carolina tonight into Monday and is expected gain strength as it moves closer to water tonight. In addition to the tropical storm warning, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the area. Water level rises of 1 to 3 feet are possible for oceanside locations south of Cape Hatteras, and soundside across the Crystal coast and adjacent to the northern and eastern portions of the Pamlico Sound.

Expect heavy rain with flash flooding, a risk for tornadoes and windy conditions.

Expected wind gusts from Tropical Storm Claudette. [NWS graphic]

The most likely time of arrival for tropical storm force winds is after midnight tonight and into early Monday, Dare County officials said in an alert. But winds will pick up as early as this evening, and scattered power outages are possible.

Most likely time of arrival for tropical storm force winds. [NWS graphic]

The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of the week making ocean conditions dangerous for even experienced swimmers.

Dangerous marine conditions are also expected, with strong winds and seas building to 7 to 10 feet creating treacherous conditions for mariners.

Residents and visitors should continue to monitor forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information.

To subscribe for emergency alerts from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/alerts.

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