(NC News Network)–The National Hurricane Center will start issuing advisories on the storm at 5 p.m. The storm is expected to would bring heavy rain to the coast, especially the Outer Banks, but doesn’t mean a washout weekend. There will not be a major impact in Central North Carolina. The bulk of the impact will be offshore.
The storm will likely have top winds at 40 mph, would hug the US coast, and move up to New Jersey and New York. The weekend on the coast should look much better, although there is a chance for rain in our area on Saturday.
Mike Maze at the NC News Network WeatherCenter says “This is not going to be a system that’s going to impact us for a long period of time. “If you have a beach trip set for Friday or Saturday or Sunday, I think you’re gonna be OK, but watch out for the rip current threat and maybe some rough surf along the Outer Banks.”
There is currently a rip current threat for our state’s coast. A high threat has been extended from Cape Lookout north with a moderate threat for south of Cape Lookout.
“Thursday, this system, which will be very weak, will linger over the Outer Banks, producing gusty winds up to 30 mph, rougher surf and high rip current threat from Cape Lookout to Nags Head,” Maze said. “This system in our state will be dangerous for swimmers and that should be about it.
“It appears to strengthen once it gets past North Carolina. The path would take it along the East Coast, perhaps along the coastline on its way to New York. There could be a landfall in New York Friday night into Saturday morning.”
In central North Carolina, afternoon thunderstorms are again in the forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Maze said the chance for rain won’t be as high Thursday as it was Wednesday. The temperature will rise dramatically starting Friday with highs at least at 93 into next week.