Wind and Rain headed our way! (9/2/16 2 PM)
A Tropical Storm Warning, and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Dare and Currituck Counties in anticipation of Hermine arriving in our area overnight.
Conditions are overcast and rainy today on the Outer Banks. Rain is expected to continue through the day today and throughout Saturday. Ultimately we expect 5″ to 8″ of rain locally here on the Outer Banks. Winds are currently light (less than 10 MPH), but are expected to raise upwards of 20 Miles Per Hour overnight with gusts exceeding 40 Miles Per Hour.
At 2 PM the storm was located to the Southwest of Charleston, SC and was moving North-Northeast at 18 Miles per hour. The storm is weakening rapidly as the forward movement picks up speed. Highest sustained winds in the storm at 2PM were at 50 MPH. The current projected track has the eye of what is left of the storm to pass over Nags Head in the early morning hours of Saturday.
No evacuation orders are in effect for the northern Outer Banks nor are there any expected. Yesterday the emergency management folks in Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation for the Island of Ocracoke, but keep in mind that is a very remote area of North Carolina, and is some 90 miles to the south of many of our rental properties here on the Outer Banks.
Arriving Guests on Saturday are urged to use extreme patience and caution on your travel to the area. Rainy conditions will slow travel times, and wind will only add to what will be another gloomy day. Expect main roads to be wet and flooded (particularly Hwy. 12 through Duck and Corolla). Several guests have advised us that they may wait until Sunday to check into their property which you may consider. Outer Banks Blue will be open for business as usual on Saturday and prepare all of the properties for arrival.
If you are a guest staying with us now we ask that you take a moment to secure any loose items you may find around the house on the decks or in the yard of the house. If you decide to head home early please give our main office a call to let us know that you are leaving (252-255-1220).
Sunday’s weather forecast is for lighter winds, and sunshine, even though we expect red flag conditions on the beach due to the threat of rip currents through Monday. We urge our valued guests to use good judgment during their vacation.
More updates will be posted here as they become available.
All the best from the beach!