2023 hurricane season opens with tropical depression; minor coastal flooding along OBX possible this weekend

2023 hurricane season opens with tropical depression; minor coastal flooding along OBX possible this weekend

June 1st, 2023

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season officially started on Thursday with a tropical depression forming in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, while an unrelated weather system combined with higher-than-normal tides could lead to some minor coastal flooding along the Outer Banks this weekend.

Tropical Depression 2 could become Tropical Storm Arlene, but is not expected to be anything more than a rainmaker for the Florida peninsula as it slowly weakens while drifting towards Cuba.

The National Hurricane Center determined that a subtropical storm formed off the northeastern U.S. in late January, which is why the system that formed Thursday is designated TD #2.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 through November 30, with forecasters from NOAA and N.C. State University are predicting a near-normal activity this year.

Tropical Depression #2 formed over the northeast Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, while another unrelated low pressure system is located off the North Carolina coast. That system was bringing onshore winds and foggy conditions to the Greater Outer Banks. [NOAA image]

Closer to home, another low pressure system has parked itself off the coast which led to an onshore flow on Wednesday and Thursday, along with scattered showers and fog.

We are expected to finally clear out, and dry out, but with breezy conditions over the weekend that could lead to rough surf, deadly rip currents and minor overwash.

Below normal temperatures forecast to stick around for the Greater Outer Banks through the middle of next week.

National Weather Service seven-day forecasts for:

LIVE data from flood gauges at key locations throughout North Carolina, including automated email and text alerts, visit https://fiman.nc.gov/

Sign up for emergency alerts from Dare County and its municipalities. Beach safety and rip current information can be found at LoveTheBeachRespectTheOcean.com.

Currituck County provides beach safety and emergency updates for Corolla and the mainland via Currituck Alert.

For the latest images from NCDOT traffic cameras on the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina, visit: https://wobx.com/2022/06/01/outer-banks-northeastern-north-carolina-traffic-cameras/.

LIVE video from Kitty Hawk, courtesy Twiddy & Co.:

LIVE video from Rodanthe, courtesy RodanthePierLLC.com:

Click to watch LIVE video from Corolla, courtesy Currituck County/WebCOOS

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