Winds are brisk! (9/3/16 2 PM)
Tropical Storm Hermine has moved offshore, but the northern Outer Banks is now getting heavy winds as the storm pulls out to sea. The area continues to be under a Tropical Storm warning until 8 PM tonight.
As of 2 PM the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Hermine was located 90 Miles North Northeast of Duck, North Carolina and was moving towards the Northeast at 10 miles per hour. Winds in the storm are sustained at 70 miles per hour. Winds in the Kitty Hawk area are currently in the 30 to 40 MPH range with higher gusts, but rain is light and variable now.
Earlier today the eye of the storm crossed over the Outer Banks and rain subsided. Winds were subsiding, and it appeared that the area had dodged a bullet with regard to the storm. However winds have increased significantly as the day has progressed making travel difficult. Take a look here to see the latest conditions on the beach in Kill Devil Hills with our beach webcam.
Two accidents have occurred on area bridges which has snarled traffic in the area, and created a great deal of speculation about what roads are closed, etc. At this time the main bridge to the Outer Banks (The Wright Memorial Bridge) is open and clear although it is very windy and drivers should use extreme caution when crossing. Also a portion of Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk is closed at the 3 1/2 milepost where ocean over wash has taken place previously.
Arriving guests are advised to use extreme caution and patience in their travel today, and if their plans permit it a Sunday arrival may be more advisable than coming into the heavy winds that are being experienced on the Outer Banks at this time.