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Island can expect wind and rain late today into Sunday

The ocean is calm on Ocracoke on Saturday, Oct. 18. Photo: C. Leinbach

According to the National Weather Service, post tropical cyclone Nestor will reach the Eastern North Carolina area by tonight with the highest impacts into Sunday morning. A high wind advisory and hazardous weather outlook have been issued. 

In addition to heavy rain and gusty southerly winds, minor coastal flooding is possible along the sounds and the oceanfront. Locations with dune structures already weakened by Dorian and last week’s nor’easter will be particularly vulnerable.  Motorists should proceed with extreme caution during storm conditions and never drive into floodwaters. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Gusty Winds of 35-45 mph make power outages possible. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. Dangerous surf with seas as large as 10-13 feet will bring very dangerous maritime and surf zone conditions that will continue into the early part of next week.

Please continue to monitor updated weather conditions from the National Weather Service at  www.weather.gov/mhx