Minor soundside flooding possible as storm moves out

By on November 15, 2018

Soundside water levels are expected to rise after midnight. (Town of Manteo)

A strong low pressure system that brought heavy rain and strong onshore winds Thursday is moving off to the northeast, and a wind shift behind a cold front could cause some minor soundside flooding overnight and into Saturday.

A coastal flood advisory has been posted for the soundside of the Outer Banks from 10 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday for water levels that could rise to 2 feet above ground level.

Winds are forecast to turn westerly this evening, increasing to 20 to 30 mph through Friday morning.

The Town of Manteo is recommending everyone move vehicles from low-lying areas as a precaution and secure garbage cans.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Friday, due to large wind-driven waves that continue to pound the beaches, with minor erosion possible.

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Why not just say the water will rise ( however much ) above the normal sea level ? Most of us know how high our lots are above sea level.


Sam thanks for the alert. What has happened to Dare County Emergency Management and their alerts? They appear to be MIA since hurricane Florence.

They have been working for me, at least the auto generated ones via NWS.


Yes, “ground level” is meaningless but I just saw a NOAA post that said “two feet above normal” which I take to mean some average waiter level

Windy Bill

Using “above ground level” for a possible flood height reference is close to meaningless since soundside ground level can be from 2 feet to 6 feet to over 10 feet above normal water level. This phrase came from the National Weather Service. They should use a more common reference such as ‘mean high water’ or whatever normal Water height reference is used in sound waters. Since they are at least attempting to offer us a helpful warning (after the Hurricane Michael surprise) I think we should be decent about it, but it needs voiceS to make the point.

Surge forecasts are still a work in progress. Trying to find the right terms is part of the research process going on by NWS.

I have to agree with their using above ground level, rather than mean high water. Other than those of us that live on the water, that is a term that’s not familiar to the majority of the public. Again, the one good thing is the progress being made in trying to inform about these threats, and how these particular forecasts are evolving.