Updated: 1:30 AM ET September 27
Maria is now a tropical storm but do not let the technical term for what the storm is fool you – the impacts are far reaching and are affecting the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tropical storm conditions, with winds gusting to well over 45 mph in many locations, are still ongoing with off and on rain showers showing up from time to time. Fortunately, this is not a rain event to speak of and as such we won’t have to deal with any heavy rain.
The constant wind, blowing over hundreds of miles of Atlantic water, is literally piling up against the coast, bringing over wash, erosion and storm surge flooding to parts of the Outer Banks. Obviously, it is not widespread nor too destructive but it is creating a big mess for DOT crews to keep up with in terms of keeping roads clear of sand and debris.
For homes immediately adjacent to the Atlantic, the over wash and breaking waves will lead to some damage to fences, landscaping and other loose items that can be easily torn away by sweeping waves – pushed ashore by the constant blast of wind circulating around distant Maria.
It will take another 18-24 hours before we see a marked drop off in the conditions and so this means at least two more high tide cycles to get through before things calm down some. The usual vulnerable locations could see 2 to 4 feet of salt water inundation with standing water remaining for several hours after each high tide. Be VERY careful if driving through this mess – there are numerous boards filled with nails just waiting to puncture your tires. You have been warned…..trust me on this.
I have been working all day and in to the night to place cameras throughout the area. See the list below for Web access to those live cams which are also readily available within our iOS and Android app, Hurricane Impact. If you have the app, check the “live cams” tab for the listing of all the locations. With any luck, the cams will remain online until after dark Weds evening.