For the most part Tropical Storm Elsa did not cause any serious issues along the Outer Banks, other than a bit of rain, strong winds and at least one confirmed tornado on the mainland.
There are still a few lingering effects being felt Friday, with rough surf on the south-facing beaches and a strong cross current running up the east-facing beaches.
A high risk of rip currents is posted for Frisco, Hatteras village and Ocracoke Island and everyone should stay out of the ocean.
The beaches off Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Bodie Island, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton have a moderate risk where only experienced surf swimmers should be in the ocean.
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Hyde County Emergency Management reported a tornado on the ground in the White Tail Farms neighborhood of Fairfield at 3:14 p.m. There have been no damage reports so far.
Some minor roof damage along with a few downed trees and power lines was reported in southern Camden County.
A few scattered power outages were reported in the area, with around 150 customers in the dark in Dare and Currituck counties combined late Thursday.
Sustained winds of 46 mph were recorded on the Pamlico Sound Thursday night, while the highest wind gust was at Kitty Hawk Kites Resort in Waves of 63 mph at 9:58 p.m.
Rainfall totals ranged between one-half and two inches in northeastern North Carolina.
Elsa became a tropical storm on July 1, the earliest ever for the fifth named tropical cyclone of the year to form in the Atlantic, breaking the record set in 2020 by Eduardo.
It reached hurricane status twice before making landfall Wednesday on the northwest Florida coast, and was moving through the northeastern United States on Friday morning.
National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Friday 8:30 a.m.: