Ocracoke high surf. Photo: P. Vankevich

Friday will have much cooler temperatures and a windy day with gusts up to 35 mph that has caused some ferry cancellations. The wind will taper off in the late afternoon.

The National Weather Service out of Newport/Morehead City reports today (Sept. 23) that based on over wash reports from yesterday, and the expectation of higher tide levels and swell peaking today, a coastal flood warning has been issued for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

These conditions are resulting from Hurricane Fiona, which is well out to sea. (See graphic at end.) High tide today was at 6:28 a.m. and will recur at 6:51 p.m.

Additionally, a coastal flood advisory has been issued for the northern Outer Banks. Otherwise, there are no significant changes from the previous briefings with very dangerous surf and marine conditions continuing.

The dangerous rip current warning remains in effect.

This NOAA graphic shows the storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean.

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