Warning for Tropical Storm Issued Along Eastern U.S. Seaboard in Anticipation of Emerging Cyclone, Say Meteorologists

by Ryan Lee
Tropical Storm Warning

A tropical storm warning has been declared from North Carolina’s coastline to Delaware in anticipation of an evolving tropical system threatening the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard.

The National Hurricane Center disclosed the designation of “Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen” during their Thursday morning briefing. According to the 2 p.m. advisory, the meteorological disturbance was situated approximately 355 miles (565 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, advancing northward at a speed of 9 mph (15 kph). It exhibited maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

A potential tropical cyclone, as categorized by the hurricane center, refers to an atmospheric disturbance that presents a risk of evolving into a tropical storm or hurricane, impacting land within the next 48 hours. The developing system is projected to make landfall on the coast of North Carolina either late Friday or in the early hours of Saturday.

Maria Torres, a meteorologist and Public Affairs Officer at the National Hurricane Center, advised residents along the Atlantic seaboard to closely monitor the progress of the storm. She urged people to accumulate essential supplies and to initiate preparatory measures in the forthcoming 24 to 48 hours.

The storm is expected to induce tropical storm-level winds, and storm surges, accompanied by high winds, are anticipated to affect the Eastern U.S. from the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic regions over the weekend, as indicated by Torres during a telephonic briefing from the center in Miami.

The current tropical storm warning encompasses regions from Cape Fear, North Carolina, to Fenwick Island, Delaware, and also includes southern portions of Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

Emergency management authorities in Virginia have cautioned the public to expect substantial rainfall, gusty winds, and flooding in the days ahead. Via social media, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management revealed that they are liaising with local meteorological offices to monitor the offshore developing system. Residents have been urged to make necessary preparations for potential disruptions over the weekend.

In addition, North Carolina’s Emergency Management division cautioned that considerable ocean swells emanating from the distant Hurricane Nigel are expected to impact the state’s coastline on Thursday. The confluence of these swells with the emerging low-pressure system may result in further ocean overwash, beach erosion, and coastal inundation.

A storm surge watch has also been promulgated for areas stretching from Surf City, North Carolina, to Chincoteague, Virginia, with an expected storm surge varying between 2 and 4 feet (0.6 to 1.2 meters).

Concurrently, Hurricane Nigel is traversing the open Atlantic waters as a Category 1 storm. According to the hurricane center, the maximum sustained winds for Nigel were recorded at 85 mph (140 kph). The system was located around 505 miles (815 kilometers) southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and was progressing in a northeastern direction at 30 mph (48 kph). Forecasters anticipate Nigel will weaken in the days to come and may transition into a post-tropical cyclone either late Thursday or early Friday.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tropical Storm Warning

What areas are under a tropical storm warning?

The tropical storm warning has been issued for the U.S. East Coast, specifically from the coast of North Carolina to Delaware. This also includes southern parts of Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

What is a “Potential Tropical Cyclone”?

A “Potential Tropical Cyclone” is a designation by the National Hurricane Center for a meteorological disturbance that poses a risk of developing into a tropical storm or hurricane that could make landfall within 48 hours.

What precautions are advised by meteorologists?

Meteorologists, including Maria Torres from the National Hurricane Center, advise residents along the Atlantic seaboard to closely monitor the storm, accumulate essential supplies, and initiate necessary preparations over the next 24 to 48 hours.

What kind of weather impact is expected?

The developing system is expected to bring tropical storm-level winds, high rainfall, and potential coastal flooding. Storm surges are expected to affect the Eastern U.S., mainly from the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic regions.

Are any other weather conditions affecting the situation?

Yes, North Carolina’s Emergency Management has warned of considerable ocean swells from the distant Hurricane Nigel, which could exacerbate the impact of the potential tropical cyclone, leading to further beach erosion and coastal flooding.

What is the expected storm surge?

A storm surge watch has been issued from Surf City, North Carolina, to Chincoteague, Virginia. The storm surge is expected to range between 2 and 4 feet (0.6 to 1.2 meters).

What other storms are active in the region?

Hurricane Nigel is active but is currently located over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving northeast at 30 mph.

Where can I get further updates on this weather situation?

For ongoing updates and comprehensive coverage of climate events, you can visit the website: https://bigbignews.net/climate-and-environment.

More about Tropical Storm Warning

  • National Hurricane Center Advisories
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management Social Media Updates
  • North Carolina Emergency Management Warnings
  • Storm Surge Watch Information
  • Hurricane Nigel Tracking and Updates
  • U.S. East Coast Weather Forecast
  • AP’s Climate and Environment Coverage

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Mike L September 21, 2023 - 10:16 pm

Why do these storms keep hitting us? Feels like the climate’s gone completely haywire. good thing there are warnings but still, not looking forward to this.

Emily F September 22, 2023 - 1:14 am

Gotta give props to the meteorologists for keeping us informed. It’s vital to be prepared, specially with something this unpredictable. Stay safe, everyone.

Sarah M September 22, 2023 - 5:21 am

Oh my God! I live in North Carolina and this is freaking me out. Time to make a quick trip to the grocery store i guess.

Rachel S September 22, 2023 - 4:13 pm

I’m in Virginia and honestly, the weather forecasts here change every 5 minutes. But better safe than sorry, right? gonna go grab some supplies.

Tom K September 22, 2023 - 5:43 pm

Didn’t we just get over another storm? what’s going on? is this the new normal or what? Prepping starts now, I suppose.

John D September 22, 2023 - 6:06 pm

Wow, this is serious stuff. if you’re on the east coast, better stock up and stay safe. these storms aren’t a joke.


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