posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 02:20 PM
The eye has now passed Hatteras and appears to have stayed mostly offshore.
The stormís sustained wind around its center had accelerated to nearly 100 mph by 1 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.
On shore, rain fell in a steady, diagonal downpour at Rodanthe, and up to 6 inches of rain was possible in some areas, the National Weather Service
said. The agency reported an 83 mph wind gust on Ocracoke Island and a 72 mph gust at Buxton on Hatteras Island.
Power is out on Hatteras Island and I haven't seen any official windspeed reports for the last two hours.
Also, see this discussion
of whether public safety officials underreacted to this
Here are some comments from special statements out of the Moorehead City NWS office:
HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE OUTER BANKS FROM OCRACOKE TO OREGON INLET THROUGH 5 PM. AT 115 PM A 120 MPH WIND GUST WAS RECORDED
AT THE OCRACOKE FERRY TERMINAL. AT 209 PM A 102 MPH WIND GUST WAS RECORDED IN HATTERAS VILLAGE. SUSTAINED WINDS OF NEAR 60 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS
80 MPH WERE CONTINUING BETWEEN OCRACOKE AND OREGON INLET.
[edit on 3-8-2004 by x_y_no]