What's happening with Hurricane Matthew and why the Outer Banks are affected by a dying storm.
Well, this has been an interesting weekend on the Outer Banks—there’s no doubt about that. Right now there’s a lot of rain and it’s a little windy, but about 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, the forecast calls for things to get noisy—winds picking up to tropical force with some gusts around 50-55mph.
It’s all thanks to Hurricane Matthew, which is rapidly losing strength but still has some pop in it.
The Outer Banks is not going to get the full effects of the storm but it’s still going to be windy and rainy for about 12-15 hours.
There is widespread agreement that the center of circulation is going to pass well south of the Outer Banks as it heads out to sea—which begs the question, “Why then will the Outer Banks be impacted by heavy rains and tropical force winds?”
There are a couple of things that are happening.
Matthew is actually starting to fall apart, but there is still some circulation. However, without a strong central core, the shape of the storm has become elongated and, as the National Hurricane Center writes in their 5:00 p.m. forecast, “As Matthew's structure changes, the system's strongest winds will shift to the back side of the circulation.”
The Outer Banks, unfortunately is on the back side of the circulation. There won’t be any hurricane force winds and storm surge, if any, will be one to two feet, but it still has brought things to a halt for the weekend.