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Subject [Gump Wiki] Update of "Carolina+Coast+" by StefanBodewig
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:53:41 GMT
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- NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Gabrielle began to shower North Carolina's Outer
Banks with rain and batter them with high winds Sunday as the storm slogged slowly toward
the coast.
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- Forecasters expected the storm to increase its wind speed slightly — though not to hurricane
levels — before swiping the state's barrier islands on Sunday. After a brief landfall, Gabrielle
was expected to take a sharp turn back into the Atlantic, the National Weather Service said.
- "All things considered, it's a pretty weak storm," said Casey Quell, a NWS forecaster in
Morehead City. "More than anything, it will bring some much-needed rain."
- The storm carried top sustained winds of about 45 mph as of 5 a.m. Sunday, the National
Weather Service reported. But those winds could strengthen to near 50 mph as Gabrielle nears
the coast, according to the weather service.
- Gabrielle's center was located about 50 miles southeast of Cape Lookout and was moving slowly
— about 10 mph — to the north-northwest.
- Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for the North Carolina coastline north of Surf
City through the Outer Banks and to the Virginia border. A tropical storm warning was also
issued northward to Cape Charles Light, Va., along the Atlantic Coast, and a watch remains
in effect for the area extending to New Point Comfort peninsula, along the Chesapeake Bay.
- Local officials urged residents and visitors at the vacation hotspot to secure loose items
and to stay indoors as the storm blows through.
- Austin Lucas, a manager at Howard's Pub on Ocracoke Island, said workers there tied down
furniture that was on the roof. But beyond that, he said everyone was just waiting to see
when the storm would come.
- "We haven't really taken any severe precautions," Lucas said Sunday morning. "Nobody's too
concerned about it."
- The National Park Service closed all campgrounds on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
But they did not ask or recommend that people leave the islands.
- "When people hear about tropical storms, they assume houses are going to fall in the ocean,"
said Margot Jolly, a lifeguard with Nags Heads Ocean Rescue. "They shouldn't overreact like
that. Just relax, stay inside, and have a little hurricane party."
- Gabrielle's first showers reached the coastline late Saturday night. Quell said the storm
could produce a storm surge of up to 3 feet, with 1 to 3 inches of rain falling in coastal
areas and up to 5 inches in isolated spots.
- "The greatest danger will be flooding in low lying areas and on roads, such as Highway 12
on the Outer Banks," said North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley. "The most deaths during tropical
storms occur when people drive into flood waters and drown. Rip currents will be strong in
the ocean."
- Rip currents had already caused problems Saturday. David Baker, the Ocean Rescue director
for the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department about 150 miles south of Nags Head, told The Star-News
of Wilmington that lifeguards rescued about a dozen people from the water because of rip currents.
- Gabrielle spun into the storm late Friday after wandering in the Atlantic for several days,
caught along an old frontal boundary that stalled about midway between the Southeast coast
and Bermuda. Forecasters first labeled it a subtropical storm — a hybrid system that takes
power from warm ocean waters but also forms from warm and cold fronts colliding — before
classifying it a tropical system Saturday.
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- "We've been asking residents to be prepared for anything," said Chris Baucom, a spokesman
for Dare County Emergency Management. "This storm's track has been kind of unpredictable."
- All of North Carolina's counties are facing drought conditions, with 91 percent under a
severe drought. Easley asked Friday that all the state's local governments immediately enact
voluntary or mandatory water restrictions. 

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