Currently located just north of Cuba, Hurricane Isaias has slowed its westward movement slightly, though it is still expected to accelerate as it heads up the east coast toward the Carolinas. The Weather Service’s confidence in an impact to our area is increasing, but at the same time, they indicate that the track of the storm appears to be moving slightly to the west, over land, reducing the expected sustained wind and wind gust speeds.
Far and away the most dangerous aspect of this storm right now is the increased frequency and severity of dangerous rip currents. Residents and visitors would do well to stay out of the water for the next five days.
The storm is now expected to begin affecting our area as early as Monday morning and to pass by afternoon/early evening. Confidence on the timing, track, and intensity remains low right now but will improve as the storm gets closer. At this point maximum sustained winds of 63 mph are expected for North Topsail Beach, with maximum gusts of 79 mph. Rainfall of 3-4” is expected.
Please continue to monitor all news sources as a shift in the storm track slightly to the east or west may have a dramatic effect on the severity of the storm.