It must be April: Severe storms and big blow all wrapped into one

Storm clouds over Avalon Pier on April 12, 2019. [Kari Pugh photo]

Another big blow is on the way for the first half of Easter weekend that could bring the potential for severe weather across eastern North Carolina.

“Confidence continues to increase that an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms will develop later Friday through Friday night,” said forecaster Morgan Simms with the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City.

“Strong, non-thunderstorm winds will also accompany this system, particularly near the coast and the Outer Banks,” Simms said.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll through the area late Friday night into early Saturday morning, with wind gusts topping 60 mph, the possibility of isolated tornadoes, and heavy rain of up to three inches possible.

A High Wind Warning is posted south of Oregon Inlet starting Friday at 8 p.m. A Wind Advisory will go into effect Friday at 6 p.m. for north of Oregon Inlet and mainland Dare and Hyde counties.

A High Surf Advisory will begin at 1 p.m on Friday from Oregon Inlet south, and there is a High Risk of rip currents along all area beaches on Friday.

There is an amplified tidal event this weekend because of the full moon and lunar perigee, with an enhanced risk of higher and lower than normal tides. Combine that with strong southerly winds, and minor soundside flooding is possible north of Oregon Inlet.

A Storm Warning has been posted for Friday night on the Atlantic Ocean south of Oregon Inlet, and Gale Warning north of the inlet and on the sounds.

Very dangerous seas for all types of vessels are forecast for just offshore of 18 feet or higher Friday night into Saturday, and waves of up to 4 feet on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

Winds will decrease through the day Saturday as the storm pulls away with clearing skies. There is a chance of some afternoon showers on Easter Sunday. Highs both days will be in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 50s.

Monday through Thursday, expect sunny skies and highs around 70. Lows will be be near 60.

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