Scattered showers, increased rip current risk continues for Outer Banks as Colin dissipates

Scattered showers, increased rip current risk continues for Outer Banks as Colin dissipates

June 30th, 2022

Just 24 hours after it was named a tropical storm, what was left of Colin has been declared dissipated by the National Hurricane Center.

But what’s left of the third tropical cyclone of 2022 to form in the Atlantic will continue to bring a chance of showers and an increased risk of rip currents and longshore currents to the Outer Banks.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast today for the beaches of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, including off Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke. Everyone should stay out of the ocean through Sunday.

A moderate risk is forecast from the state line to Cape Hatteras, including off Carova, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Oregon Inlet, where only experienced surf swimmers should enter the ocean above their knees.

National Weather Service radar (refresh page for latest image):

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Sunday morning:

Today
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. North wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Independence Day
Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 7 mph.
Tuesday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Live look off Kitty Hawk, courtesy Twiddy & Co.:

Update from WOBX’s Sam Walker, Saturday 5:30 p.m.

Update from Gov. Cooper’s Office, NCDOT, Saturday, 1 p.m.
“This storm that formed quickly and rather unexpectedly is a reminder that we all need to be prepared and vigilant during hurricane season,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper in a statement. “If you are enjoying the holiday weekend at the coast, keep a close eye on the weather and be sure to follow directions from local officials and lifeguards.”

Update from Ocracoke, Saturday 11:30 a.m.
The Ocracoke Observer reports their Independence Day events are all on at this point. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m. DJ Tommy Hutcherson is scheduled to spin songs starting at 6 p.m.

But if the weather deteriorates and tonight’s fireworks, along with Sunday and Monday’s events, need to be postponed or canceled, updates will be posted at the following Facebook pages: Ocracoke Civic & Business AssociationOcracoke ObserverWOVV and Visit Ocracoke North Carolina.

Update from Buxton, Saturday 11:30 a.m.
Due to the forecast of rough seas the next couple of days, Great Lakes Dock & Dredge has announced the Ellis Island will suspend dredging operations in Buxton and head to port in Norfolk, after pumping its last load of sand today.

The dredge, which has been performing beach nourishment operations in Buxton since the afternoon of Thursday, will return to Buxton to continue beach nourishment along the shoreline once Tropical Storm Colin has passed.

Update from Town of Nags Head, Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Thankfully, we are pretty dry, but we could see some intense rain and that usually takes awhile to drain. Our streets, including South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road, may have some ponding as a result, so please drive slowly.

We’re built for high winds here, but just in case, secure those loose items that you have outside, like sanitation carts, chairs, grills, etc.

Little to no impacts are expected from storm surge.

Update from WOBX’s Sam Walker, Saturday 8:30 a.m.

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