Publisher's note: The following posts will be from the Eastern NC NOW staff, in sequence, regarding the Tropical Storm Ian.
Good Morning Everyone,
Our office is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Ian as it progresses towards the southeast US. The current forecast has slowed Ian's movement significantly, and it is now expected to impact the gulf coast of Florida as a hurricane next Thursday / Friday. The path of Ian has also shifted slightly west since our last update, keeping it over land longer as it moves north, and lessen the likelihood of it regaining strength over the Atlantic as it approaches North Carolina. While these recent developments are more favorable for our area, any impacts Ian may bring to us are still a long ways off in regards to forecast certainty. We encourage everyone to continue to monitor this system, and use the coming days to ensure that you are prepared for any threats Ian, or other storm systems may bring for the remainder of this Hurricane Season.
Please see the email below and attached briefing from the NWS for more information. We will continue to pass along information as we receive it.
As always, thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort County informed, prepared and safe.
Deputy Director, Beaufort County Emergency Services
1420 Highland Dr
Washington, NC 27889
Office: (252) 940-6511
Cell: (252) 378-5352
No significant changes to the Tropical Storm Ian forecast overnight: Tropical Storm Ian is still forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane while moving into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico mid-week.
Impacts are possible across Eastern NC late week and early next weekend, but will be highly dependent on the track (which is still highly uncertain this far out in time). See the attached briefing.
We will monitor the progress and evolution of this system and will provide additional briefings as the forecast warrants.
Please see the attached briefing for additional details. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (252) 223-5737 Ext. 6. Remember, you can monitor conditions in the tropics at https://www.weather.gov/mhx/tropical
Have a great weekend!
NOAA - National Weather Service
Newport/Morehead City, NC Weather Forecast Office
533 Roberts Rd
Newport, NC 28570