Worst of Irma’s wind and rain likely to avoid Outer Banks

By on September 8, 2017

Irma passing eastern Cuba Friday morning. (NOAA)

The latest forecasts for record-breaking Hurricane Irma keep the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall well inland, with the Outer Banks only getting high surf into next week and some gusty showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

But local officials still warn that residents and visitors should not let their guard down just yet.

“At this point, even small changes in the track of Irma could lead to greater impacts for our area,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson.


“As the county has seen in the past, most recently with Hurricane Matthew, storms can veer from a forecast track and bring unexpected consequences,” said Currituck County public information officer Randall Edwards.

Large swells associated with Hurricane Irma will continue to impact the coast and build through early next week.

Dangerous rip currents and high surf with possible beach erosion will be experienced this weekend into early next week along the Outer Banks.

The National Weather Service in Newport is calling for showers to develop early Tuesday morning along the Outer Banks, with more rain and thunderstorms possible through the day Tuesday before ending Wednesday morning.


Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has been upgraded to a category 4 storm as it draws closer to the Northern Leeward Islands and brings the threat of more bad weather to some of the islands already decimated by Irma earlier this week.

Jose is still expected to turn to the northeast between the Bahamas and Bermuda by the middle of next week, which could send more big waves towards the Outer Banks.

“I encourage everyone to continue to monitor weather forecasts from trusted sources, review your personal hurricane and evacuation plans, and be sure emergency supply kits are stocked and available if needed,” Pearson said. “Hurricane season runs through November 30 and it is important for everyone to be prepared.”



  • Bud

    Looking forward to swell from Jose! Irma is a washout due to being ruined by NE winds.

    Saturday, Sep 9 @ 8:12 am
  • Bud

    Hoping the next system off Africa (Lee) will bring swells also.

    Saturday, Sep 9 @ 8:13 am
  • T.W. Mangrove

    WeatherBELL Analytics has Jose near Cape Hatteras next Monday as a Cat.3. Something to watch.

    Sunday, Sep 10 @ 9:15 am
  • Patti Woods

    We’re arriving this Saturday the 23rd. and hopeing for nice calm waters and bright warm days .

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 9:20 pm
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