Elsa approaching U.S. coast, heavy rain forecast for Friday

A map from the National Hurricane Center shows the track Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to take over the next few days. (NHC graphic)

NEWPORT — Heavy, but potentially brief rainfall is possible Friday in Carteret County, while over the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Elsa is approaching the U.S. coast.

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory on Elsa at 8 a.m. Thursday, the most recent advisory available. According to the advisory, Elsa, which reached tropical storm strength at 5 a.m. Thursday, is about 780 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands. It’s moving west at 25 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Its minimum central barometric pressure is 29.71 inches.

While Elsa isn’t forecast to reach the U.S. coast earlier than Tuesday, local National Weather Service meteorologists forecast heavy rain Friday from an approaching cold front. The weather service’s Newport forecasting office has forecast a 30% chance of thunderstorms Thursday night, followed by a 90% chance of heavy rain during the day Friday.

The chance of additional showers early Friday night is forecast to drop to 70%, continuing to decrease to 40% through the night. Saturday is forecast with a 20% chance of showers during the day, after which conditions are expected to clear Saturday night.

The NWS forecasts moderate rip current risk Thursday evening south of Cape Hatteras, which includes Carteret County. This risk will remain in effect Friday through Wednesday, July 7.

Meanwhile, the NHC forecasts Elsa will move toward the west-northwest over the next 24-36 hours. On its current forecast track, the storm will pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands Friday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola Saturday.

The NHC issues advisories and other information on tropical weather conditions at its website www.nhc.noaa.gov.

The NWS provides forecasts, watches, warnings, outlooks, advisories and more information on its website www.weather.gov/mhx/, on Twitter at twitter.com/NWSMoreheadCity, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/NWSMoreheadCity.


Contact Mike Shutak at 252-723-7353, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

(6) comments

David Collins

Here comes the hype , right on schedule .

Elsa has nothing to do with any rain we MIGHT get Friday . Geeze , as if the alarmist weather channel isn’t bad enough these days .


What? The comma in the headlines is used to separate the two different weather events. The first sentence makes very clear that the events are unrelated. THE ONLY ONES WHO FALL FOR THIS ARE THOSE WHO DON’T READ OR HAVE POOR READING COMPREHENSION. So many “skimmers” think they understand reasonable comments…..


A comma cannot separate two independent clauses unless it is followed by a coordinating “conjunction.” Wrong again, quick.

David Collins

Was referring to the lede . One sentence with a comma . Got to get the folks blood pressure elevated as far in advance as possible to keep them glued to the tube . That way they will not miss any adverts and perhaps buy some piece of useless garbage .

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Article definitely miss leading please buy gasoline eggs and milk and water immediately. It seems all news agencies are trying to create hysterica.

David Collins

Does anyone know what happens to all that high dollar plywood folks love to stock up with every time a storm looms ?

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