Winter storm delivers 55 mph sustained wind at Jennette’s

By on March 11, 2018

The storm’s center was off of Cape Hatteras at 9 p.m. Monday. (NOAA)

Winter keeps hanging on as another coastal storm sweeps across northeastern North Carolina, to be followed by several chilly days.

This storm, however, will move out quickly, unlike the one that parked off New England and funneled high wind and seas onto the North Carolina coast for more than four days less than two weeks ago.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the low-pressure system moving off the coast of the Carolinas will deliver northeast wind, rain, high seas and possibly snow overnight.


At 8:50 p.m., the sustained wind at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head was measured at 55 mph with waves at 13 feet on its website conditions report. By 11 p.m., the wind had dropped to 40 mph.

Dare County Schools let students out early on a staggered schedule starting at 11:30 a.m. Monday after the Weather Service issued an advisory for high winds, which could create a hazard for buses on bridges.

Ocean overwash is probable, especially on Hatteras Island, which shut down for several days at the beginning of the month as road crews battled sand and water on N.C. 12.


The storm is forecast to be well out to sea by Tuesday.

Wind intensified Monday and Monday night, when temperatures will drop to about 34 degrees with a north wind of around 33 mph with higher gusts. There might be a some snow mixed in on the mainland.


Clear, breezy and cold weather will follow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will be in the mid- to upper- 40s.

“Temperatures will drop to around freezing on the Outer Banks Tuesday night and Wednesday night, and may threaten sensitive vegetation as the growing season has already begun on the Outer Banks,” a Weather Service advisory said.

Temperatures will start moderating by Friday, reaching the mid-50s.


  • Seal

    I wonder how much of that $22.000.000 worth of sand is left ?

    Monday, Mar 12 @ 11:50 am
  • mark

    oh its here alright…most of it covering Buxton “triangle district” roads in 4 feet of the stuff, some washed under the motels and across nc12.

    we paid for 2 years in property tax surcharges and yet we still flooded on ocean, cottage and tower circle.

    who pays to put it back?

    Monday, Mar 12 @ 3:04 pm
  • Johnny mac

    I guess shelly island moved some sand around now that it’s gone.

    Tuesday, Mar 13 @ 1:40 am
  • Russell Blackwood

    There are islands in the Pacific Ocean whose natives were cannibals and headhunters 50 years ago.
    They are preparing for Sea Level Rise better than the citizens of North Carolina.

    Tuesday, Mar 13 @ 4:44 am
  • Bud

    News flash! Flooding is necessary! Overwash is necessary! A healthy island is preferred to one that is stagnated and eroded because of dune-lines. I know it is an inconvenience, but overwash is what helps sustain this island.

    Tuesday, Mar 13 @ 7:10 am
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