Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Rain and wind from Matthew build northward

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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.***

Hurricane Matthew is now a category 1 storm. Matthew continues to move northward and the center will be near the coast of southern North Carolina by this evening.

Rain from Matthew will build south to north. The heaviest rain will occur this evening through Sunday morning. Winds will increase throughout the day, with the gustiest winds Saturday night through Sunday. Most areas will feel winds 20-30 mph with 40-45 mph gusts. This could cause downed trees and power outages.

 

Hurricane Matthew impacts

  • Expect 2”-4” inches of rainfall for most of Hampton Roads and 4”-6” for the southern Southside and Northeastern North Carolina with localized higher totals possible. The general trend will be higher rainfall totals to the SE and lower totals to the NW.
  • A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire viewing area through Sunday.
  • 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: Cloudy, rain building in (100%), Windy. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: E/NE 10-20 mph.

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.***

Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to a category 1 storm. The center of Hurricane Matthew is near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina or 55 miles WSW of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Matthew is moving toward the NE at 12 mph. This motion is expected to continue today. On this current track, the center of Matthew will be near the coast of southern North Carolina this evening.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

2:00 PM EDT Sat Oct 8

Location: 33.7°N 79.0°W

Moving: N at 12 mph

Min pressure: 972 mb

Max sustained: 75 mph

 

Tropical Storm Nicole is still weakening while drifting southward. Nicole is about 495  miles south of Bermuda. The system is moving toward the south near 7 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 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

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