Water Levels Remaining High As Matthew Moves Off Coast

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While winds are diminishing along the North Carolina coast, water levels are expected to remain elevated overnight.

At 5 p.m., the center of the Post-Tropical Cyclone was about 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue tonight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast tonight, and the low is expected to be absorbed within a frontal boundary on Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km), primarily to the southwest and west of the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles (390 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from a NASA Global Hawk aircraft is 988 mb (29.18 inches).

WIND: Wind gusts to tropical storm force will continue over portions of the Outer Banks tonight.

STORM SURGE: Dangerously high water levels over portions of the Outer Banks will gradually subside overnight and early Monday.

RAINFALL: Life-threatening flooding will continue over portions of eastern North Carolina that have received record rains from Matthew.

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect much of the southeastern and Mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.



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