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Hurricane Irene Projected to Impact NC’s Outer Banks

Hurricane Irene Projected to Impact NC’s Outer Banks

Aug 24, 2011



From Nick Petro, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS – Raleigh………..

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 1500h


  • Outer Bands of Irene already moving onshore along the Carolina coast.
  • Gusty showers will become more numerous from the south this evening and overnight.
  • Significant rainfall amounts east of I-95, and greatest east of US 17
    • 8-12” east of Hwy 17
    • 3-7” from along I-95 east to Hwy 17…(greatest east and least west)
    • 2 inches or less of rain is expected across the eastern Piedmont, west of I-95.
  • The heavy rain may produce some poor drainage, urban and small stream flooding
    • Tributaries to the Pamlico and Albemarle Sound will likely see freshwater backup and flooding.
  • The strongest winds will be from I-95 eastward, especially across the Outer Banks where hurricane force winds are expected. Farther west, wind gusts will approach 60 MPH across the Coastal Plain with gusts up to 45 MPH across the eastern Piedmont.
  • Major marine and coastal impacts expected, including life threatening storm surge and coastal flooding, high winds, dangerous surf, and rip currents. Worse storm surge expected across Down East Carteret County and Cedar Island, and areas adjacent the lower Neuse, Pamlico, and Tar Rivers.
  • Although the potential track area “cone” is narrowing…Irene is a large storm and effects will be felt far from the center and outside of the cone.

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