WILMINGTON — While the worst of Hurricane Irma may be past, the residual effects from the storm will still be felt throughout southeastern North Carolina over the next few days.
Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a range of warnings for the area through Wednesday, ranging from a small craft advisories due to high seas, to the threat of waterspout and tornado-producing thunderstorms along the coast.
A small craft advisory will be in effect for coastal waters from the South Carolina border to Surf City, as high surf and strong wind gusts, up to 40 mph, impact the area.
The advisory will remain in place through Wednesday morning, however, the NWS notes this could be extended through the weekend, as Hurricane Jose begins producing long-period swell in the Atlantic.
In addition to the small craft advisory, the NWS is cautioning swimmers at area beaches, where strong winds and waves will pose potentially life threatening conditions in the surf.
The Wilmington NWS cautions that “long period swell from Hurricane Jose, along with increased southeast winds will create favorable conditions for strong rip currents, a strong longshore current, and increased surf height at all area beaches today.”
— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) September 12, 2017
Surf heights will range from 4 to 6 feet in Brunswick County, and from 6 to 8 feet in New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Early Tuesday morning, sections of coastal Brunswick County were placed under a tornado warning, and residents across the area are being advised to be prepared in the event of severe weather, as the threat of “strong” thunderstorms will continue to bring the potential for tornadoes and waterspouts through the late morning hours.
Roadway and coastal flooding
The potential for minor flooding remains throughout the area today, as scattered storms move across the area. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning commuters this morning, as overnight rains flooded creeks, producing standing water on many roadways.
New Hanover County will be under a coastal flood advisory from noon until 5 p.m., as “coastal flooding along the lower Cape Fear River could occur with high tide through Wednesday,” according to the NWS.