Willets hunkering down in the rain on Ocracoke beach. Photo: P. Vankevich

This report has been updated, Friday 7:30 a.m.

The Swan Quarter, Cedar Island and passenger ferry runs have been suspended due to high winds.
Hatteras Inlet ferries are running and determined on hour-to-hour basis and likely to be suspended.
A high surf advisory has been issued for Ocracoke Island.

Updated charts are below.

The National Weather Service out of Morehead City today (May 24) reports that a slow-moving, developing low-pressure system offshore will come ashore into South Carolina Saturday or Sunday.

This low will bring widespread showers, possible thunderstorms and strong northeasterly winds to eastern North Carolina beginning Thursday night and continuing into Memorial Day weekend.

Some impacts expected form this system include rainfall of one to three inches with locally heavier amounts will be possible through Memorial Day on Monday and gale-force winds with seas building to 10 to 15 feet Friday night into Saturday.

The strong winds will also result in rough surf, minor coastal flooding on both ocean and sound side, localized ocean over wash north of Cape Lookout, and an elevated rip current risk for the beaches.

The main coastal flood concerns will be oceanside north of Cape Lookout, and sound side adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound, Neuse, Bay, Pamlico and Pungo Rivers.

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