WATCH: Nor’easter intensifies off Outer Banks; winds gust to 70 mph

NOAA satellite image of the April 2, 2019 nor'easter along the East Coast.

Tuesday’s nor’easter brought torrential rain and wind gusts of  70 mph to parts of the Outer Banks, with low pressure rapidly intensifying off the coast and the storm showing a hurricane-like eye at one point.

This is what we mean when we say a coastal low will go through "rapid intensification"! A very impressive satellite loop off the coast of North Carolina today showing the storm that's been giving us heavy rain, winds, and some coastal flooding.(Image courtesy of College of DuPage)

Posted by US National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

“This is what we mean when we say a coastal low will go through ‘rapid intensification!'” the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office said in a Facebook post. “A very impressive satellite loop off the coast of North Carolina today showing the storm that’s been giving us heavy rain, winds and some coastal flooding.”

The weather service recorded sustained winds of more than 45 mph along sections of the Outer Banks, with peak gusts of 70 mph in Avon and 68 mph at Oregon Inlet at the height of the low-pressure “bomb” about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Peak wind gusts recorded during Tuesday’s storm. [Courtesy NWS]
Despite a few hours of intense weather, the storm left behind little to no damage, save a few wayward trash cans and some sand blown over parts of N.C. 12.

 

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