Danny could bring weekend repeat to Outer Banks

Posted August 26, 2009

— Tropical Storm Danny could create a scenario reminiscent of Hurricane Bill for residents and visitors to North Carolina's Outer Banks this weekend, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Tropical Storm Danny 6 a.m. update Danny 10 p.m. update

"Here in central North Carolina, there will be no impact from this storm whatsoever," Fishel said. "We will keep an eye on the Outer Banks just to be on the safe side."

Forecasters advised people in the Bahamas and the southeastern U.S. to keep an eye on Danny, which could slowly get stronger as it moves toward land.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was very weak, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said. "We are probably not going to see much strengthening over the next couple of days."

The storm has top winds near 45 mph and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph). The storm's center was about 390 miles (625 km) east of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 735 miles (1,185 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Fishel pointed out that while the current forecast has the storm on a path to clip the east coast, with the "cone of uncertainty" for landfall barely touching Cape Hatteras, a storm's track can be difficult to predict days in advance.

An area of high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean is forecast to drift east, pulling Danny farther out to sea, Fishel said.

"This particular model keeps the storm well, well offshore," he said. "It that is the case, there would be little impact on the North Carolina coast, probably even less than we saw with Bill."

Meanwhile, far out in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ignacio is weakening and expected to become a tropical depression as it moves northwest with top winds of 45 mph.


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  • injameswetrust2003 Aug 26, 2009

    With all due respect Greg, isn't it a bit early in the storm track to say the storm will not affect central N.C.? I mean, for Pete's sake, we have had trouble lately with getting the 1-day rain forecast correct, haven't we.

  • jgilchr Aug 26, 2009

    1carpe severe thunderstorm and tornado watches are issued by Norman. Watches and warnings for tropical systems are issued by the NHC and all others are issued by the local NWS office (including severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings within counties). In our case that is the NWS Raleigh Forecast Office.

  • 1carpe Aug 26, 2009

    Hype aside folks, even a "small" storm like this one can be dangerous. I don't like the hype either but it does have one "up" side to it...since a lot of you are complaining about it, you are paying attention to the weather and thats a good thing. And just for info to MyNameisMud, except for hurricanes, all of our storm Watches come out of Norman Okalahoma.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 26, 2009

    A day of good steady rain and alittle wind to blow the leaves of the roof would be nice!

  • time4real Aug 26, 2009

    Armageddon II
    Go weather team, go!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Aug 26, 2009

    "Weather personalities need to be on call around the clock for consultation and experts on call for verification of all statements."

    They should be lining up on Wrightsville beach in their yellow rain slickers any time now.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 26, 2009

    Better get in line for milk and bread NOW!

  • Southern Fried Yankee Aug 26, 2009

    I just what to know the optimal time to buy up all the bread and milk....That's all I ask.

  • validpoint Aug 26, 2009

    Oh my..figures my family is moving this weekend! We don't need any damage anywhere.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    We certainly could use the rain from it. It is so dry.