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Powerful weather system will hit the Outer Banks this weekend

Ocracoke high surf. Photo: P. Vankevich

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The National Weather Service out of Morehead City is warning that a slow-moving coastal low is expected to impact the Outer Banks beginning Friday afternoon. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are likely bringing with it dangerous surf, sound side flooding and ocean overwash.

Temperatures during this time will be primarily the mid-50s to mid-60s. Up to three to four inches of rain is possible.

Sustained north-northeast winds in the upper 30 miles per hour, with gusts on Ocracoke up to 60 mph Saturday into Sunday, may cause ferry service suspensions, possible power outages, and may cause serious overwash problems on portions of NC 12.

Ocean side flooding, beach erosion and a possible storm surge of up to four feet is more likely north of Cape Hatteras.

 

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