First Warning Forecast: Matthew continues to bring heavy downpours, gusty winds and flooding

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***Tornado Watch in effect for Dare County until 12:00 am Sunday***

***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.***

***Flash Flood Watch in effect for the entire viewing area through Sunday afternoon.***

***Flash Flood Warning in effect for the entire viewing area through Sunday morning***

Heavy bands of rain and gusty winds will continue through the night. We’re dealing with flooding rain and intense winds. Heaviest rain will fall overnight. Tidal flooding will become an issue heading into Sunday and Monday. Rain will move out later Sunday morning, but the wind will continue to pick up. The wind looks to be stronger heading into Sunday morning. This is bad news, since the ground will be saturated, which means downed trees and power outages.

 

Hurricane Matthew impacts

  • Expect near tropical storm strength winds (40+ mph) for the Outer Banks. Hampton Roads and most of NE NC will experience winds at 20 to 30 mph with gust 40 to 45. The strongest winds will be on Sunday.
  • Our saturated ground coupled with more rain and strong winds will increase our potential for falling trees and resulting power outages.
  • With the rainfall and strong E/NE winds, we will see minor to moderate tidal flooding this weekend and into early next week. The highest tide levels will be on Sunday and Monday.
  • We could also see river flooding due to the rainfall and high water levels. The Cashie River in Bertie County is expected to reach moderate flood levels on Sunday and Monday.
  • Waves will build through Saturday and will be highest on Sunday and into Monday.

 

Saturday night: Windy, with heavy rain. Lows in the low to mid 60s. Winds: NE 20-30 G 40 mph.

 

Tropical Update

***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.***

8:00 PM EDT Sat Oct 8
Location: 33.8°N 77.3°W
Moving: ENE at 13 mph
Min pressure: 981 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

Hurricane Matthew is still a category 1 hurricane. The center of Matthew is about 40 miles east of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is moving ENE at 13 mph. On this current forecast track, the center of Matthew will be near the coast of southern North Carolina by this evening. The system could become a post-tropical cyclone later tonight or on Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

Tropical Storm Nicole is still weakening while moving slowly south-southwestward. Nicole is about 520  miles south of Bermuda. The system is moving toward the south near 6 mph. This general motion with some reduction in forward speed is forecast through early Sunday. Nicole is expected to move very slowly by Sunday. Maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

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