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Hurricane Sandy passes; high winds remain

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Tropical Storm Warning has been lifted for Brunswick County, but remains in effect for New Hanover and Pender Counties through this afternoon. Rainfall is over with as the storm has passed to our north, even though gusty winds remain, and will last even through tmorrow.

Here’s the forecast for coastal counties:

This Afternoon- Becoming partly sunny, with sustained winds out of the north at 15-25 mph (with a few gusts over 40 mph)

Tonight – Partly cloudy, with winds out of the NNW at 15-25 mph (with a few gusts over 40 mph). High tide around 7pm will again cause high water in coastal flood areas.

Monday – Partly cloudy, but still breezy with winds at 15-25 mph with higher gusts.
Coastal Winds/Seas:

Seas will peak around 8-10 feet near the beaches early Sunday. Farther offshore, seas will peak around 9 to 14 feet. Beyond 20 nautical miles offshore, seas will peak around 27 feet.


Inland Counties:

Partly sunny skies. Winds will be out of the NNW at 20-30 mph (with a few gusts over 40 mph).


Highest Wind Gusts seen (as of 9am)

Bald Head Island: 51 mph

Johnny Mercer Pier (Wrightsville Beach): 49 mph

Topsail Beach: 46 mph

Oak Island: 46 mph

Southport: 43 mph

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley


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