Tropical Storm Watches Posted For Carolinas

Updated 8/28/17 11:30am

Tropical Storm Watches are now posted for the North and South Carolina coasts, and Virginia beaches.

An area of low pressure is becoming better organized off the Southeast coast.

Development of this system into a tropical depression or storm is possible as early as Monday afternoon.

Should it strengthen enough, it would become Tropical Storm 'Irma'

Regardless of development, heavy rain, gusty winds and minor coastal flooding are expected from the Southeast coast to the mid-Atlantic.

More details at Weather.Com

Ten Local Watch/Warning Statement/Intermediate Advisory Number 3ANational Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC  AL102017759 AM EDT Mon Aug 28 2017

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* LOCATIONS AFFECTED    - Morehead City    - Beaufort    - Emerald Isle

* WIND    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind        - Peak Wind Forecast: 30-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph        - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday morning          until Tuesday afternoon

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated        - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the          previous assessment.        - Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for          tropical storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.        - To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited wind          impacts. Remaining efforts to secure properties should now          be brought to completion.        - Hazardous wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter          may result in serious injury. Move to safe shelter before          the wind becomes hazardous.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited        - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored          mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.        - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or          uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees          are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown          over.        - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within          urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving          conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.        - Scattered power and communications outages.

* STORM SURGE    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible        - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet          above ground somewhere within surge prone areas        - Window of concern: Begins early Tuesday morning

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated        - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the          previous assessment.        - Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for peak          storm surge flooding of greater than 1 foot above ground.        - To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited storm          surge flooding impacts. Efforts should now be brought to          completion before conditions deteriorate.        - Localized inundation is possible. Follow the instructions          of local officials. Consider voluntary evacuation if          recommended. Leave immediately if evacuation orders are          issued.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited        - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along          immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas          farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.        - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become          overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous          in places where surge water covers the road.        - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes,          mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.        - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks,          boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from          moorings.

* FLOODING RAIN    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally          higher amounts

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate        - The flooding rain threat has increased from the previous          assessment.        - Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for          moderate flooding where peak rainfall totals notably exceed          amounts conducive for flash flooding and rapid inundation.          Rescues and emergency evacuations are possible.        - To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of          significant flooding rain impacts.        - Dangerous flooding is possible. Failure to take action may          result in serious injury or loss of life. If flood related          watches and warnings are issued, heed recommended actions.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant        - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations          and rescues.        - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with          swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,          especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,          creeks, canals, and ditches overflow.        - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken          foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas          of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and          poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on          moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.          Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge          closures.

* TORNADO    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:        - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated        - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the          previous assessment.        - When implementing emergency plans, include a reasonable          threat for isolated tornadoes.        - To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited tornado          impacts.        - Listen for tornado watches and warnings. Be ready to          shelter quickly if a tornado approaches.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited        - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the          execution of emergency plans during tropical events.        - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with          power and communications disruptions.        - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,          chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or          overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,          shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown          off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.



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