Hurricane Alex skims NC

Hurricane Alex skimmed North Carolina.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 3, 2004


Hurricane Alex skimmed North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday, bringing gusting winds and up to six inches of rain ashore before moving back out to sea.

Alex, a Category 2 hurricane, was not considered a big event by most local emergency management officials and residents alike.

All coastal warnings were likely to be discontinued after Tuesday, and coastal storm surge flooding should subside by then, too, said forecasters.

The National Weather Service reported an 83-mph wind gust on Ocracoke Island and a 72-mph gust at Buxton on Hatteras Island. Some 8,000 residents were without power as of Tuesday afternoon.

Officials in the two most affected counties - Dare and Hyde - did not order any evacuations.

Powerful rip currents have already affected area beaches.

Alex is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters said the late start to the hurricane season is no signal of light hurricane activity, and this season has been predicted to pack a strong hurricane lineup.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30.


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