Zeta made landfall along the southeast Louisiana coast Thursday as a category 2 hurricane, becoming the tenth named storm to landfall in the continental United States this year.
The remnants of Zeta will combine with a cold front to bring the Outer Banks windy conditions and rain starting Thursday and Friday, and there is the possibility of minor soundside flooding through early Saturday.
Strong southwest winds Thursday and Thursday night will cause minor flooding on the soundside, especially from Hatteras village north.
Up to two feet of inundation above normally dry ground is possible in low-lying areas near the shorelines and tidal waterways.
As southwest winds shift to the northwest on Friday, which is expected to occur from 7 a.m. to noon, water level rises are expected along soundside areas of Ocracoke and southern Hatteras Island.
A wind advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday south of Oregon Inlet, with wind gusts up to 45 mph possible.
Rough surf and a strong longshore current are also expected, especially for the south-facing beaches off Frisco, Hatteras village and Ocracoke, and a high risk of rip currents is forecast for Thursday and Friday.
Isolated thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are also possible for eastern N.C. after midnight on Thursday.
Make sure to tune a radio to Beach 104, Big 94.5, 99.1 The Sound or News Talk 92.3, or NOAA Weather Radio, for possible warnings.
National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Wednesday 8 p.m.:
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