It's Thursday August 13, 2020 Dock Quote: “Adventure without risk...
News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
COVID Testing Proposed at August 2020 Town Board Meeting. The Story
Marinas and boat yards prep for the storm. The Story
The right prep makes for a calmer storm. Captain's Blog
Motherhood just isn't for everyone. Pet Of The Month
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Story
What is it? How do we get it?. Guest Columnist
But the dental team stays. The Story
Sailors beware. Captain's Blog
Supporting a beloved town. Letters To The Editor
Safety drills on a river crossing. The Story
Don't steal political signs. Letters To The Editor
Wild and dangerous animals banned in the village. The Story
Community spread and a sharp rise in case numbers. Guest Columnist
Town Board Meeting July 2020. The Story
124 days and 5 hospitals later - home in Oriental. The Story
Sunfish and FJs, Lasers and a Vanguard. The Story
Tracking The Cases. The Story
What happens when we cough, sneeze, talk, and sing. Guest Columnist
Cast your vote. The Story
An Ol' Front Porch Music Festival board member explains. Letters To The Editor
Unanimous Board Vote Cancels Event Due To Covid-19 Virus Concerns. The Story
New symptoms & when to get help. Guest Columnist
Canine embraces new retail career. Pet Of The Month
Governor Cooper cites increased levels of COVID-19 hospitilizations. The Story
Provision Co. Revives Oriental Tradition. The Story
The heart & soul of the Inland Waterway Treasure Company. The Story
Two old roofs come down. The Story
Reducing risk at sea. Captain's Blog
New Brewery has to fix century old roof. The Story
Cherry Branch / Minnesott Beach Ferry On Increased Schedule. The Story
Artist, educator, beloved wife. The Story
It's Spirit Of Independence, July 3 & 4. The Story
Town Board Meeting Report June 2020. The Story
Private grant monies provide flexibility. The Story
One More Virtual Open Mic Night. The Story
Waiting Out The Pandemic in Oriental. The Shipping News
Online from OUMC. The Story
Over 100 Boats and Hundreds Of Humans Off Teachs Cove. The Story
Online from OUMC. The Story
Celebrate but remain vigilant. Guest Columnist
Virtual Hope Regala Raised $125,000. Letters To The Editor
Planting at home. The Story
The Stay-At-Home Order is lifted. The Story
Tonight's performance is dedicated to Marlene Miller. The Story
Listen on the water. The Story
Online from OUMC. The Story
Military asset lights up the sky. Captain's Blog
Songs about chewin' tobacco and love. The Story
2:24p Usually tropical storms & hurricanes begin as a low or disturbance offshore – often in the distant Atlantic off Africa. We are on the receiving end of these storms.
Today, an unusual switch. The rain clouds overhead – that’s a low pressure system. A tropical storm system may be developing – right over our heads. Here’s more info from the National Hurricane Center:
If this would form – it would form offshore – and head east. We just get to be a stormy birthplace.
12:27p It’s now Tropical Storm Josephine (formerly Tropical Depression Eleven). This one is forecast to turn north and stay away from our coast… it may however visit Bermuda. Josephine is not expected to reach hurricane strength.
The longer term computer models all have JOH-seh-feen staying away – click for a look.
9:44a You may have seen workers building what looks like a small house on top of Garland Fulcher Seafood this week. It’s a new enclosure for the ice machine.
Ice is made inside and, with an assist from gravity, travels down a chute to the fish house below. Drone Orville went up for a closer look.
1:52p There’s a virtual wine tasting Saturday from Nautical Wheelers. From Bill Wheeler:
Find out more about the event and listen to Lisa Bonet talk Spanish wines:
9:11a Monday’s forecast suggested a 50% chance of rain for the week. Today’s forecast adds thunder and lightning:
The text forecast has two important words: ‘thunderstorms likely’.
5:03p Tropical Depression Eleven has been declared in Atlantic – far east of the Caribbean… 1450 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
How far away is that in clear language? From Oriental, the center of Tropical Depression Eleven is 2,803 miles away.
The tropical system is expected to reach tropical storm strength (the next name is Josephine) – but then lose strength after several days.
The August 11 test date caught our eye – so confirmation was requested.
10:20a The following was released Friday by Town Hall. They are still closed, awaiting COVID test results on a close contact of a Town Hall employee.
9:53a At traditional wine tastings, you get to sip. You have to gently roll a teaspoon of wine around in your mouth, then make erudite comments about a lingering oaky aftertaste with a hint of caramel.
At virtual wine tastings, you get your own *&#% bottle. You can still comment on the buttery aroma, but no one will know if you make comments more fitting your personal lifestyle. “Hawt fire Emma, this would rock a bag fulla cheese fries.”
9:05a We might well have a tropical depression later today… Invest 95 is about ready to hatch. If we do, just about all the early models have the likely future storm Josephine staying out at sea.
What’s not to like?
Meanwhile, here in river city, sunny & near 90 with a perennial 50% chance of rain.
5:20p Invest 95 in the distant Atlantic has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical storm system. Early computer models are showing if it does become a storm, it may turn north before getting near the US coast:
2:47p All that noise and no measurable amount of rain. Despite the lack of downpour, it did have some effects on the local weather.
Temperatures cooled rapidly – from 91 to 78 in less than an hour. As the temp went down, the wind picked up, topping out at 40 mph at 1:53p.
10:14a The old home at the corner of South Water and Hodges Streets sits stripped of its asbestos shingles.
Though it housed many different families over the years, it is remembered to many as the Joe Cox house. Cox was an NC State professor and artist, and is, along with his wife Betsy, generally credited as the founder of the Oriental New Year’s Eve Dragon Run.
In recent years the house has fallen into disrepair. It will be demolished later this month.
9:13a Hot. Humid. And not much of breeze.
Highs near 90 today, and through the rest of the week. There’s a 40% chance of rain today, and a 50% chance – or not – for the rest of the week. Winds are light (2 mph at 9a), becoming S at 10 mph later this afternoon.
4:00p Your Sunday corona cultural experience (thanks for the tip from Andy Denmark):
We now return to our regular lowbrow programming.
12:02p An earthquake in the news is a break from the more frequent challenge we get from Mother Nature. But alas, a potential storm is with us. Invest 95:
The computer models show a track that could be a problem. However, at this moment Invest 95 has just a
20% (updated to 50%) chance of becoming a tropical storm system.
Upcoming storm names are all easier to say than the last one:
Josephine (JOH-seh-feen), Kyle (KY-ull), Laura (LOOR-ruh) and Marco (MAR-koe).
10:45a This morning’s online service from Oriental United Methodist Church is at this link.
9:35a An earthquake. From TownDock reader Scott Finch:
According to USGS there was an earthquake 2 miles SE of Sparta, North Carolina at 8:07a this morning- magnitude 5.1. That isn’t a huge quake by the standards of some locations that get them more frequently, but by NC standards… this was a substantial quake. This morning’s earthquake is the largest in state history since a 5.2 magnitude quake in Skyland NC (in Buncombe County) in 1916.
Those in homes built on pilings (stilts) often can detect motion from distant quakes not noticed by “ground dwellers.”
8:41p A tropical disturbance in the far Atlantic. Just to keep an eye on it – it’s right here:
12:20p Duke Energy power has been restored to the 119 homes on Whittaker Point Rd that were out of juice this morning.
10:17a A note from Lili Bacon:
Checking with Duke Energy – 119 customers are without power in Oriental. Estimated repair by 11:15a.
7:22a You won’t quite be able to wear a sweater – but you’re getting a small thermal break today. Highs forecast just to get to the mid 80s.
6:20p. Mac McWilliams plays the Red Rooster Bar tonight, starting at 7p. Maybe if you ask him nice he’ll play some Billy Jean.
5:55p. A week from tomorrow Nautical Wheelers is having an online wine tasting. This time you get to travel to Spain – from your Oriental La-Z-Boy. Lisa Bonet will be hosting the event on Zoom… she talks wine here:
To join get your box of the 5 Spanish wines. Each box comes with Tasting Notes and Zoom instructions. Available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental and New Bern, or online at nauticalwheelersnc.com.
4:58p. One more case. From Pamlico County Emergency Management:
12:16p More Town Hall. This on a somewhat lighter note relating to the 10:48a post below:
10:48a Oriental has large recycling bins at the edge of town near the recreation area off Straight Rd. Some folks (unfortunately) use these bins as trash drops… but today’s discovery is a new milestone.
This morning an abandoned sailboat on a trailer was found at the recycling area. It seems unlikely it will qualify as glass, aluminum or cardboard. Here’s the boat:
Note town recycling coordinator Joe Valinotti at right, displaying his native New Jersey hand communication skills. Whomever dropped it off left the state numbers on it, so they may be getting a call.
10:07a From Sharon Breitling at the Oriental History Museum:
New Museum Hours: Friday 11a – 1p, Saturday 1 – 4p. Masks & social distancing required.
8:55a It was blowing 56 mph a few days ago. A calm weekend may be suitable break. On the Neuse, 5-10 knots today and Saturday, an even more tranquil 5 knots Sunday.
Partly sunny, highs around 90, and the ever present chance of afternoon showers today. The same forecast continues through the weekend and next week.
This weekend was going to be the 3rd annual Bow To Stern Regatta, however the event has been cancelled.8:46a From pelican award-winning Town Manager Diane Miller
3:24p A COVID-19 testing site? Oyster shells. Whittaker Point Restoration… and a concrete pelican. It’s all in the Town Meeting Report.
3:01p Here’s a forecast you can rely on:
performed by The Delorean Sisters
2:33p TownDock is not a fan of seasonal hurricane forecasts. They seem little more than headline fodder. Today’s NOAA news release re-enforced that.
The headline is:
It already is an extremely active season. It’s early August – we just got visited by Isaias – the 9th name storm of 2020.
Reservations for the added runs online at www.ncferry.org or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY. On Monday, the ferry goes back to its one-run schedule while dredging in Bigfoot Slough continues.
9:02a Bow to Stern Boating had a lot of work to do to secure their fleet for Hurricane Isaias’ visit this Monday. After all that storm prep, getting the sailing fleet ready for this weekend’s regatta was more than could happen in a few short days.
The Bow To Stern Regatta scheduled for Aug 8 & 9 has been cancelled.
8:31a Near 90 today and a 40% chance of rain. Yesterday’s storms dropped about 3/4 inch of rain with high winds at 26 mph. The high wind so far today? 5 mph, recorded just after midnight.
On the Neuse, SE winds 5-10 knots.
6:19p Now 65 Pamlico County cases in the NC COVID dashboard. The two new cases are in zip codes 28523 and 28560.
1:11p Major re-write:
12:56p Oriental has seen a lot of houses get raised in the wake of flooding. This time the raising and the installation might be the same.
This morning, the Superior Crane Company installed a building at the corner of Hodges St. and S. Water St. by hoisting it onto pilings… well above any potential storm waters.
There were a few false starts as beams and straps were adjusted. Eventually, the crew maneuvered everything to their liking and the crane lifted the structure gently skyward. You can see their progress here.
A sign on the fence states the elevated building will be the new home of ‘Serendipity Spa’.9:33a The Minnesott Beach – Cherry Branch Ferry is back in operation.
2:27p John Rahm reports power is back at Dolphin Point. Duke Energy now shows 134 customers in Oriental waiting for power to be restored.
Tideland is making progress, now 6,046 locations in eastern NC with power out. That’s down from over 14,000 earlier today.
12:50p Duke’s outage map is now showing
642 176 customers out in the Oriental area. Internet and phones are back at Town Hall. Power is back at Nautical Wheelers. Power and net have been restored at TownDock HQ.
Isaias is haulin’ north at 35 mph, now in New Jersey / Pennsylvania.
12:30p Duke Energy has power restored for customers in the Merritt area. There remain 232 locations in Oriental without power. Tideland has restored power to about 5,000 eastern NC locations – they still have 9,451 to fix.
12:10p Power restored at The Silos – they are now fully open for dine in and take out. M&Ms Cafe is open as normal for dine in and take out.
11:15a The Silos is open, pizza take out only. Their phones are back, 252-249-1050.
A lot of businesses in town have converted their phones to Spectrum internet. Spectrum’s net service is excellent, but the phone service is a problem when the net goes down. The phone goes down with it. So there are businesses in town that are open, but can’t take a call.
11:07a TownDock personnel were feeling superior, blessed with both power and internet. But alas, we have joined the camping crowd. Power & internet went out about 20 minutes ago. Pull start power has been restored. Phone hotspots are working.11:02a Nautical Wheelers is open:
10:53a Town Hall has power and air conditioning. That bodes well for tonight’s monthly Town Board meeting. Tonight the Board will discuss an offer from Kenny Heath to set up a COVID testing site in Oriental and look at a draft ordinance proposal for dilapidated structures in town. That draft ordinance will go before the Planning Board on the 19th.
View tonight’s agenda here. The Board meets in the large board room at town hall at 7p tonight.
8:45a No Cherry Branch / Minnesott Beach ferry today. The high south winds of storm Isaias have left water levels so low the ramps won’t meet the boats safely.
Sue Kinner says the ferry is probably down for all of today, and it will depend on water height conditions whether they can resume operations Wednesday morning.
Most of Oriental has no power this morning, but some locations have power. Oriental Deli is open and serving.
The Provision Company has power. Village Hardware is open. The Piglet always has power (thanks to a huge generator). TownDock World HQ is blessed with volts and amps.
8:02a Tropical Storm Isaias is moving at 33 mph NNE, just about to visit the Chesapeake right now. Still with 70 mph winds – almost hurricane strength.
Here in post-storm Oriental, a sunny 90 degree day is ahead.
The NOAA Newport NC folks are still chattering about a surge warning. They may need an education on surge. A storm to our west wasn’t going to cause surge, it didn’t surge, and it ain’t gonna surge.
7:31a A view of Isaias spinning up the coast:7:25a Is your power out? Are you grumpy? Town Hall has power (and air conditioning) – but no internet or phones. From Diane at Town Hall:
Somehow, at TownDock World Headquarters the power is on, the internet is flowing and the phones work. It’s nice having a halo.6:40a You’ve survived. Best keep it that way. From Town Hall:
6:17a It is officially sunrise. It’s a bit wet, and mostly without power – but town is still here.
Isaias left an imprint. This morning most of Oriental is without power. Duke Energy lists 839 local customers with power out, ranging from Merritt to Oriental. They don’t list an expected repair time yet. The 839 local outages are part of 185 thousand power outages Duke Energy has across North Carolina in the wake of Isaias.
In Pamlico County outside of Oriental, Tideland Electric is the primary power provider. Across eastern North Carolina Tideland serves 22,851 customers. Of that 22,851 total, 13,329 are without power.
5:21a At 5a, the outer bands of Isaias are still with us, but with modest effect. The storm’s center has almost departed our fair state – about 15 miles southeast of Roanoke Rapids, 85 miles WSW of Norfolk. Max winds 70 mph, and Isaias is hauling north at 28 mph.
3:22a Tideland now lists 8,764 locations with power out. That’s out of a total 22,851 they serve power to. Ouch.
Duke Energy lists 839 local locations without power, from Merritt to Oriental.
3:14a There is some impressive breeze right now. 56 mph a few minutes ago – a new high wind for the night.
3:00a Isaias peak winds are down – just a bit. Now at 70 mph, Iasias is no longer a hurricane. But Tropical Storm Isaias still has power – winds are bouncing between the 20s to the upper 40s in Oriental. Storm Isaias is currently at 35.5°N 78.0°W, moving at an impressively fast 24 mph NNE.
2:25a Greg Gallagher reports power out near Dawsons Creek. Tideland’s eastern NC outage # has grown to 2,876. A long Tuesday is ahead for power crews. While Duke’s local outage number remains at 785, they list over 125,000 homes without power in Wilmington NC.
A new high wind # – 53 mph at 2:12a.
2:07a Bill Wheeler reports power out at both Pineview and Nautical Wheelers on Broad St. Chris Moffat reports power out on Styron Drive. Looking around town from the TownDock.net HQ perch, it appears power is off at most “downtown” locations. Duke Energy lists 785 local homes without power. Tideland shows over 2,600 of their customers without power (for Tideland that’s over their entire eastern NC customer base).
Somehow, power is still on for TownDock.
2:00a Isaias remains a hurricane, but max winds have reduced to 75 mph. Current location 35.0°N 78.1°W, about 60 miles southwest of Greenville, NC. The storm is moving NNE at 23 mph (that’s fast).
Power is flickering on and off at TownDock HQ… but it is still on.
1:51a High wind so far: 47 mph just a minute ago.
Duke Energy reports 785 homes now without power from Merritt to Oriental. Power is still on at TownDock HQ near the harbor… but that generator is standing by.
12:31a High wind since midnight – 42 mph. It’s crankin’ out there right now.
12:26a Power is still on, but flickering lights have begun.
TownDock Power & Light (pull start generator) has been tested and is standing by.
12:05a Here’s a local forecast not often seen:
Overnight…Tropical storm conditions. Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, increasing to 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.
11:37p New high wind a few minutes ago – 38mph. That number will likely be rising overnight.
11:32p The Oriental Weather Station has winds east at 30 mph right now. Strong east winds will rise water levels. That said, the winds will not likely stay east for very long. As Hurricane Isaias moves north (and is to our west) the winds will become southeast and then south winds.
Once the winds are south, that will lower local water levels.
11:08p Above, the eye is in clear view on weather radar. Below, watch Isaias travel north towards us.
10:58p Hurricane Isaias has good news, and bad news. The challenging news – Isaias now has 85 mph peak winds. The good? Isaias is moving at a screaming fast 22 mph. The storm’s center is basically at the NC/SC border – just 25 miles ENE of Myrtle Beach. 50 miles SW of Wilmington NC.
Expect strong winds off Isaias right side as it passes by overnight. Locally, the highest winds are forecast to be between 2a and 3a.
8:18p Hurricanes and tropical storms often visit at inconvenient hours. TownDock.net will be staying up for this storm, reporting local conditions and experiences through the night.
Here’s the NOAA GOES satellite view of Hurricane Isaias:
8:05p The outer rain bands of Hurricane Isaias delivered about 1/2” of rain a couple hours ago. The NOAA/NHC rain forecast for our area is 1-2 inches for the duration of the storm. That is rather mild for a hurricane visit, but the core track of Isaias will be well west of us.
When will peak Hurricane Isaias storm impact be? Likely 2a – 3a in and near Oriental. Maximum tropical storm force winds in the 40s are possible, with gusts to 60 mph. It will be mostly gone a few hours after that. Moving now at 16 mph (and forecast to increase that speed) our time with Isaias will be brief.
Hurricane Isaias eastern NC route:
7:55p While the Isaias forecast seemed to bounce around a few days ago, since late Saturday it has been rock solid consistent. The storm is now Hurricane Isaias – as forecast. 75 mph peak winds. Location 32.8N 79.0W, that’s about 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The storm is moving fast at 16 mph.
5:00p Excellent news – Isaias is moving fast. Now NNE at 16 mph. The faster the storm moves through, the more brief our storm experience and less storm impact. Isaias remains a tropical storm with 70 mph max winds. It is forecast to reach 75 mph hurricane strength later tonight before landfall near the NC/SC border.
Isaias is now 120 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. The putt putt course is almost in sight.4:02p No banking Tuesday morning:
2:37p Preparing for the storm. Most folks around Oriental are experienced at it. Some tie up their boats. Some haul their boats. TownDock visited local boatyards for this report.
2:01p The 2p Isaias update – no change. 70 mph peak winds. Marching north at 13 mph. Still forecast to strengthen to hurricane status before landfall tonight near the NC/SC border.
Now 115 miles south of Charleston SC, 180 miles south of Myrtle Beach.
NHC (the National Hurricane Center) has us in a 1-2 inch rain prediction area. Our local NOAA office in Newport NC is even more specific, put Oriental & Pamlico County in a 1 to 1.5 inch zone.1:32p Just announced – SIX new coronavirus cases in Pamlico County:
11:05 The 11a update has Isaias still as a 70 mph tropical storm – but is forecast to make landfall tonight as a hurricane. Isaias is at 30.7N 80.1W, 90 miles ESE of Brunswick, GA, 220 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. The storm is gaining speed (this is a good thing), now moving N at 13 mph.
The track west of us means little surge in our area. However, the right side of Isaias is expected to have powerful winds. Here’s NOAA’s forecast of maximum sustained winds in eastern North Carolina.
With Isaias passing to our left, these winds would be primarily from the south and southwest. Winds at these forces have real potential for downed trees and power outages.10:28a The ferry will stop running this afternoon. From Operations Manager Michael Merrill at Cherry Branch:
With Oriental now being under a tropical storm warning, both town docks are closed.
9:26a It’s the view from space. NOAA’s GOES East satellite… Isaias track from the Caribbean to the Florida coast:
8:50a Wind, surge, rain. Hurricane or tropical storm? It’s all in the latest Isaias update from NHC. No locusts though.
8:02 Isaias is offshore Florida, about 100 miless ESE of Jacksonville, FL, or 250 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. Peak winds remain at 70 mph, but are forecast to become 75 mph today – restoring the storm’s title – Hurricane Iasias.
We’ll get some rain, but we are in an area predicted for just 1 – 2 inches:
5:55a Tropical Storm Isaias is just off St Augustine, FL, and heading out over warm Atlantic waters bound for Myrtle Beach. The storm has 70 mph winds… it is forecast to pick up a little steam on it’s way north, potentially arriving at the NC/SC border with 75 mph winds. If so, Isaias would be a category one hurricane.
As it’s passing to our west the storm is expected to have peak 65 mph winds, with gusts to 80. How much of that we feel is TBD, but Isaias is expected to have a large wind field on it’s right – and that’s where we will be. Tropical storm winds (35 mph plus) are likely in Oriental and Pamlico County.
This may be the most modest storm (it is no longer a hurricane) where the town has declared a state of emergency, however there is a real concern re potentially tropical storm force winds & tornado formation on the right side of Isaias. While surge isn’t likely, some downed trees and power outages wouldn’t be a surprise.
Y’all play nice now.
5:41p NHC’s Ken Graham talks about storm warnings & watches, plus potential surge from Tropical Storm Isaias:
FYI, NOAA/NHC isn’t attempting to predict surge at specific locations. Their 1-3 ft for the entire NC coast plus the Pamlico Sound / Neuse River just implies a maximum surge event. With the current forecast track, Oriental is unlikely to see much surge at all.
That said, we may see some tropical storm force winds. More on that below.
4:55p Storm Isaias powers up a bit – 70 mph (just 5 mph below hurricane strength). Despite this wind uptick, Isaias is not forecast to regain hurricane strength. Now off the east central Florida coast, moving north-northwest at 9 mph.
The forecast track has moved slightly east – but not enough to change the forecast for Oriental. The landfall has moved north – now targeted near Myrtle Beach and the NC/SC border.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
• Sebastian Inlet Florida to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
• Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina to Watch Hill Rhode Island
• Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
Oriental & Pamlico County is under a tropical storm watch. Beaufort & Morehead City is now under a tropical storm warning. A “watch” is an alert for the potential for severe weather. A “warning” means severe weather is imminent or occurring.
2:38p A video update… NHC Director Ken Graham explains the strong winds on the right side of Tropical Storm Isaias – strong winds that we may be getting:
2:04p At 2p Storm Isaias is moving NNW at 9 mph, max winds 65 mph. The forecast track described above and below continues. If you’re in Oriental, the Isaias forecast is looking relatively well.
If you’re in Myrtle Beach, not so much.
Rain? We’re near the line between a 2-4 inch prediction band and a 1-2 inch area:
11:00a The 11a Storm Isiaias update – no forecast change. Still predicted to come ashore between Charleston and Myrtle Beach SC. Still predicted to take an inland path way west of us… passing over Rocky Mount NC on its way north.
While local surge is not a concern from this forecast – winds are.
We have greater than a 50% probability of seeing tropical storm force winds. The Neuse and Pamlico Sound marine forecasts predict those winds… 30-35 knots forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.
10:30a Earlier this morning Oriental United Methodist Church returned to having outdoor services at Lou Mac Park. For those that can’t attend the outdoor service online services will continue – OUMC streams today’s Sunday morning service from the sanctuary.
9:03a Now that Isaias forecast track has moved west, we have almost learned to say Isaias. Ken Graham (see below) has been an excellent instructor.
Good news re upcoming storm names… no pronunciation problems. The next names on deck: Josephine, Kyle and Laura.
8:50a Ken Graham at the National Hurricane Center has a video update on Storm Isaias:
8:02a The 8a update for storm Isaias: Location 26.5°N 79.5°W, moving northwest at 8 mph, max winds 65 mph.
No change in the forecast track. See information above and below.
6:05a Saturday dumped 2 inches of rain on Oriental. Today sunny and low 90s – just a 20% chance of an afternoon shower.
While Monday night and Tuesday may see tropical storm conditions on the Neuse, today an easy 5-10 knot south winds.
5:15a From our perspective in Oriental NC, the storm Isaias news is positive. Isaias remains at tropical storm power (now 65 mph) – and now isn’t forecast to ever regain hurricane strength. The track has trended even farther west, now targeting a path that takes it close to Wilson/Rocky Mount on it’s inland route north.
We still may see some tropical storm force winds on this forecast route, however surge would not be an issue for our area. The Neuse and Pamlico Sound marine forecasts underscore the potential winds… 30-35 knots is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.