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Cape Hatteras officials closely watching two weather systems likely to impact the seashore this week

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(Photo: Cape Hatteras National Seashore- Facebook)
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are among those closely watching two weather systems that are likely to impact ocean-side beaches and travel conditions starting Tuesday morning and continuing through this week, depending on the path and strength of Subtropical Storm Nicole.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are among those closely watching two weather systems that are likely to impact ocean-side beaches and travel conditions starting Tuesday morning and continuing through this week, depending on the path and strength of Subtropical Storm Nicole.

Rangers say visitors should use caution this week on all ocean-side seashore beaches and should avoid a two-mile stretch of beach at the north end of Rodanthe.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Newport/Morehead office expect strong northeast to east winds Tuesday due to high pressure anchored over New England. They are also monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole, which is forecast to impact the east coast of Florida before traveling up the southeast coast later this week.

Potential impacts through Wednesday include strong winds, minor to moderate flooding along all ocean-side seashore beaches and significant beach erosion.

Travel along N.C. Highway 12 may be challenging due to ocean overwash and beach erosion.

Additional impacts associated with Subtropical Storm Nicole will become clearer in the coming days.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.