A strong cold front will slowly move through the area this afternoon and into tonight, bringing the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms, as well as isolated flash flooding.
Tuesday #ncwx update:
• Most areas across the eastern half of the state will see at least 1-2” of rain through tonight. Damaging wind gusts & flash flooding are the main concerns.
• Scattered showers & storms will continue across portions of the state Wednesday & Thursday. pic.twitter.com/MHsOlV2VCW
— NC Emergency Management (@NCEmergency) June 22, 2021
Ahead of the storms, there is an increased risk of rip currents up and down the Outer Banks today. Everyone needs to stay out of the ocean off Frisco, Hatteras village and Ocracoke, where the risk is high for rip currents along with pounding shore break.
Only experienced surf swimmers should be in the ocean off Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Bodie Island, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton due to a moderate risk of rip currents and a strong cross current.
Much cooler weather is on the way after the front passes, but it will bring an onshore flow that will also crank up the surf along the east-facing beaches on Wednesday into Thursday.
National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
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