The ocean was almost at the dunes near the Lifeguard Beach, Ocracoke, two hours before high tide on Sept. 13, 2020. Photo: C. Leinbach
The ocean was almost at the dunes near the Lifeguard Beach, Ocracoke, two hours before high tide on Sept. 13, 2020. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The National Weather Service out of Morehead City/Newport today issued a coastal flood advisory for the entire North Carolina coastline for this evening (Sept. 15). 

Swell from distant hurricane Paulette continues but will gradually diminish today, the NWS said in a press release. 

At the same time, the area will transition to a period of higher astronomical tide (king tides) for the remainder of the week.  This will cause higher water levels and at high tide, there may be some minor issues with water.

These higher water levels may continue through the weekend due to a combination of factors, the NWS said. Visit https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=mhx for the latest water level forecasts.  

Ocean overwash, particularly at high tide, may occur at the north end of Ocracoke Island.

Although the forecast today is fair weather, a high risk for rip currents also will continue today with very rough surf at all Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. Dangerous beachfront conditions and inaccessible off-road vehicle routes may occur, particularly at high tide, on all beachfront areas and off-road vehicle routes.

As for the timing and track of Hurricane Sally there is still lots of uncertainty.

We may see some impacts from the remnants of Sally including localized heavy rain and the possibility of stronger storms late week. This is all dependent on the track and timing.  Both are too uncertain right now to give specifics for our area. 

Following on the heels of Sally are three other disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean the NWS is tracking.

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